First Nutrition Consortium Forum held

First Nutrition Consortium Forum Resounding Success

On June 5, 2013, the Moore Institute Nutrition Consortium held its first forum to bring together groups working on nutrition across Oregon in order to share knowledge and resources, to seek new collaborations and to use their collective voices to improve maternal and infant nutrition in Oregon. Over 60 people attended, representing organizations that included the March of Dimes, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Dairy Counsel, Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon, Portland Farmers Market and Providence Health Services, among others.

Rachel Bristol, former executive director of the Oregon Food Bank and chair of the Nutrition Consortium, emceed the event.

Kent Thornburg, Ph.D., director of the Moore Institute, called the group to action: "We are here to enlist your help in changing the nutritional climate of our state and the health of our society. We need your expertise to help us figure out how to make the largest impact."

A sense of urgency was set by Susan Bagby, M.D., chair of the Moore Institute Community Outreach Committee, who presented on the developmental origins of health and disease to introduce the scientific background and implications of fetal programming on public health.

After presentations reviewing the current state of nutrition programs and policy in Oregon and SW Washington, including the barriers to improving the way that Americans eat, participants broke in to small groups to brainstorm about the challenges and potential inroads for nutrition policy change in Oregon, as well as strategies for future collaborative work. "If our country and state values healthy and fit individuals it will set policy that makes the default choice the healthy choice," said Debra Lippoldt, former executive director of Growing Gardens and member of the Moore Institute Nutrition Consortium.

The second forum (date to be determined) will review and prioritize strategies for future collaborative efforts and suggest directions for future work of the Moore Institute.