Nutrition Oregon Campaign

Heart Dishes with Food

We all want to live healthy lives, but right now rapidly rising rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease are leaving lasting impacts on our communities, our workforce, our economy and our future.

Research now shows that the seeds of chronic disease are sown before we are even born based on the environment in which we develop and grow. This includes the nutrition we receive, and toxic stress we’re exposed to. OHSU has been a leader in this research and understands the need to change the way we view chronic disease risk.

That’s why the OHSU Moore Institute created the Nutrition Oregon Campaign.

Campaign description

This statewide campaign is grounded in the science of the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD) that shows the relationship between early life environment and lifelong chronic disease risk, and how that risk is passed from one generation to the next.

The campaign uses education, advocacy and capacity building to address chronic disease risk at the community level.

Key sectors

The campaign works with four key sectors to encourage leaders to see how poor nutrition and increased chronic disease risk impact the people they serve. Building support among these leaders will support the on-the-ground work of communities.

Infographics of four Nutrition Oregon Campaign sectors

Hub communities

Some communities are ready to dive-in and develop programs as part of the campaign. Each of these regional hub communities has a local campaign liaison and an advisory board with members from each of the four key sectors. The Moore Institute works with the advisory board to provide resources, support and education as needed. 

  • Ontario
  • Clatsop county
  • Klamath Falls

Resources

A key component of the campaign is developing resources that explain the science of DOHaD, the importance of nutrition during adolescence, pregnancy, lactation and early life, and how nutrition can serve as a foundation for creating healthy communities.

  • DOHaD resources
    This list of audio, video and print resources highlight different aspects of the science.
     
  • Abuela Mama y Yo
    A culturally-specific nutrition curriculum grounded in DOHaD for Latinx families produced by Familias en Acción. Training and classes are available in Spanish and English.
     
  • Nutrition in a Box
    Nutrition curriculum for students in grades 4-8.
     
  • Evidence-based community interventions
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation developed the What Works for Health menu of evidence-based programs and policies. The Moore Institute used this database to identify interventions appropriate for communities interested in implementing a community-based project utilizing DOHaD concepts.
     
  • BettertheFuture.org
    This blog created by the Moore Institute shares articles and resources that focus on community, environmental and cultural factors that influence how we eat, how these have changed, and the impact on our health. 

Guiding principles

  • Everyone deserves to start life on an equal footing. 
     
  • Chronic disease rates will not decrease until we improve the nutrition levels of infants, adolescents and women of childbearing age.  
     
  • Communities cannot access healthy nutrition if the built, political and social environments don't support healthy choices.
     
  • Community members best understand the unique structural barriers to nutrition they face. They should be the driving force in developing the vision and interventions to improve nutrition in their own populations.  
     
  • Some groups, especially communities of color and rural areas face greater disparities and require extra attention, otherwise the gaps in health outcomes will be even greater. 
     
  • If Oregon leaders are knowledgeable about the effects of nutrition on chronic disease risk in this and future generations, they will be motivated to work with the communities they serve to generate solutions.    

How to get involved

  • Invite the Moore Institute to your community to host a Nutrition Consortium to discuss the science and identify connections between current community work and the campaigns objectives.
  • Connect the Moore Institute to leaders with the four key sectors in your community.
  • Email us to be added to our list for updates about the campaign, community success stories and opportunities to get involved.