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Bethany Thayer

Director, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Henry Ford Health System

Bethany Thayer is director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) in Detroit. She oversees a team of health professionals who provide wellness services to more than 33,000 employees of HFHS, patients, work sites, and community groups.

Thayer was a national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for nine years and served three years as a national leader for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a past-president of the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and 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 Bachelor of Science in dietetics, completed her dietetic internship at Henry Ford Hospital, and earned a master’s degree in exercise science from Oakland University.