Today, OHSU is excited to announce a $25 million philanthropic partnership with Bob and Charlee Moore to confront poor nutrition—widely considered the greatest contributor to the rise of chronic disease.
Bob and Charlee are founders of Oregon-based Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, and their passion for better health through wholesome foods aligns naturally with OHSU’s mission of improving health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond. Their $25 million commitment, the fourth largest in our history, will establish the Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness at OHSU. The aim is to confront the rampant health problems caused by unhealthy eating and inadequate nutrition.
Nutritionally linked conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, autism, heart disease and hypertension have risen sharply along with the post-World War II advent of processed convenience foods that are high in sugar and fat but low in nutritional value. Experts call this phenomenon “high-calorie malnutrition,” and research is proving that its consequences can last for generations. We must break this unhealthy chain.
Throughout our history, transformational philanthropic investments have helped OHSU drive forward big ideas and tackle big problems. That is the legacy in which the Moores have proudly invested — and one in which Oregonians can proudly share.
For more information about the new Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness, check out our news release; the Bob’s Red Mill blog; the OHSU Research News blog; and perspective from an OHSU medical student on StudentSpeak.