Health & Wellness Manager, Meijer
For the past 25 years, Shari has worked as a dietitian in the grocery industry and has served as the Healthy Living Manager for the Grand Rapids, Michigan-based retailer, Meijer, since 2003. Meijer is a leader in the grocery and supercenter industry with 213 stores in the Midwest states of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky and soon to be in Wisconsin. In her role, Shari manages consumer health communication, community events, nutrition programs, and solution-selling strategies with a team of four other dietitians that comprise the Meijer Healthy Living Team.
Shari serves as a nutrition expert and corporate spokesperson for Meijer, providing food and nutrition advice through monthly television spots on ABC, NBC and FOX affiliates and local radio segments. Her team is also responsible for conducting numerous educational presentations to community groups and professional organizations throughout the Midwest. The Meijer Healthy Living Team’s timely nutrition and food product information reaches millions of consumers annually through these presentations, but also through educational brochures and strategic social media messages.
Most recently, Shari and her team created the “Simply Cook” book to assist low income consumers with planning and creating easy, affordable, healthy meals. The book has received many positive accolades from community health educators and over 150,000 copies will be distributed to individuals and through local food banks.
Shari holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science Degree in Human Nutrition from Andrews University in Michigan. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In addition to serving on the National Turkey Federation’s Nutrition Advisory Board, she also serves as an advisory board member for the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance and as a Supermarket Dietitian Advisor for the Can Manufacturers Institute.