Julie Thayer

As youth development specialist for the nutrition and fitness for life program at the Boston Medical Center, Thayer runs weekly sessions during the school year and a five-week summer program to train youth on issues related to nutrition, food systems, physical activity and health. By engaging the local community, she aims to decrease chronic disease risk and improve access to healthy food and fitness opportunities. She also organizes a farmers’ market in the medical center to make fresh, locally and sustainably grown food more accessible to hospital staff, patients and visitors. Studying abroad in Uganda during her time at CALS spurred Thayer’s interest in the socioeconomic aspects of public health.