University of Vermont

Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences

Faculty - Bethany Yon

Bethany A. Yon, PhD, Research Associate

  • PhD, Animal, Nutrition and Food Sciences, University of Vermont, 2012
  • MS, Nutrition and Food Sciences, University of Vermont, 2006
  • BS, Human Nutrition and Foods, University of Vermont, 1984
  • Dr. Yon's C.V.
Professional Affiliations
  • American Society for Nutrition
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior
  • American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

Area of Expertise

Bethany Yon is a nutrition educator at heart. From public schools to public health, Bethany has supported children and families as they get off to a good start leading healthy, active lives.

Contact Information

Phone: 802-656-5299

Office Location: 355 MLS Carrigan Wing

Office Hours: by appointment


Bethany Yon's research interests include dietary assessment methods, school nutrition, Farm to School programs and policy evaluation. Her professional experience has included maternal child health, chronic disease and community coalition work in public health and teaching in public schools.

Bethany works closely with Dr. Rachel Johnson evaluating school nutrition policy and programs. They are currently evaluating how well school children are accepting new formulations of fat-free flavored milks with low added sugars, as well as validating dietary assessment methodologies to accurately measure children's fruit and vegetable consumption in schools.


  • Johnson RK, Yon BA. Turning the tide on Americans’ added sugars consumption. Nutrition Today. 2012;47(3):93-95.

  • Yon BA, Johnson RK, Stickle TR. School children’s consumption of lower-calorie flavored milk: a plate waste study. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012;112(1):132-136.

  • Johnson RK, Yon BA. Weighing in on added sugars. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010;110(9):1296-9.

  • Johnson RK, Yon BA, Hankin J. Book Chapter: Dietary Assessment and Validation. Research: Successful Approaches, 3rd Ed. Editors: E Monsen and L Van Horn. American Dietetic Association, 2008.

  • Yon BA, Johnson RK, Harvey-Berino J, Gold BC, Howard AB. Personal digital assistants are comparable to traditional diaries for dietary self-monitoring during a weight loss program. J Behav Med. 2007;30(2):165-175.

  • Yon BA, Johnson RK, Harvey-Berino J, Gold BC. The use of a personal digital assistant for dietary self-monitoring does not improve the validity of self-reports of energy intake. J Am Diet Assoc. 2006;106(8):1256-9.