Henry Ford Health System
Bethany Thayer MS, RDN, FAND, is director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) in Detroit, MI. She is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of the employee wellness programming for HFHS employees and oversees a team of health professionals who provide wellness services to other employer groups, such as tobacco treatment services, wellness screenings and flu vaccinations.
Past roles include developing health education programs at Health Alliance Plan, such as the award-winning HAP Weight Wise Program and coordinator of HFHS’s community nutrition program, Heart Smart®. She is a past writer of the “Ask the RD” column in hapwise magazine and weekly “Heart Smart” column in the Detroit Free Press, developing hundreds of recipes that were compiled into the Heart Smart II Cookbook (Detroit Free Press 1996) the Heart Smart Kids Cookbook (Detroit Free Press 2000) and the Heart Smart III Cookbook (Detroit Free Press 2011).
Thayer was the national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for nine years and has been quoted in many national publications including Ladies Home Journal, Shape, Self, Redbook, Family Circle, USA Today and Cooking Light. She is past-President of the Michigan Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (Mi Academy).
She was named the Mi Academy 1993 Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year, Received the Mi Academy Media Award in 2004 and 2006 and was recognized in 2012 as the Michigan Outstanding Dietitian of the Year.
Thayer graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors of Science in Dietetics, completed her dietetic internship at Henry Ford Hospital and earned a master’s degree in Exercise Science from Oakland University.