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Nutrition Now for a Healthier Future

Nutrition throughout our lives - before conception and during pregnancy, breastfeeding, childhood and adolescence, not only impacts our risk for acquiring chronic diseases, but our descendants' risk as well. Our 2022 theme, Nutrition Now for a Healthier Future, highlights how every stage of our nutritional journey provides an opportunity to improve our health and the health of our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

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Oregon Nutrition Day 2022 took place on May 13.
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Welcome message
Kent Thornburg, Ph.D., M. Lowell Edwards Chair; Professor of Medicine; Director, Moore Institute, OHSU, opened the conference with a welcome message. Watch here


Keynote speakers:

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Tessa Roseboom, Ph.D., professor of early development and health at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Senior International Fellow, Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness, OHSU. She will talk about the fundamental importance of nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life. Her talk is titled “Building Human Potential from the Very Beginning.” Dr. Roseboom's studies of men and women who were born around the time of the Dutch famine of 1944-45 showed that poor nutrition during periods of critical growth and development had lasting consequences for the structure and function of the organs developing at that time.
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Priya Fielding-Singh, Ph.D., is a sociologist, ethnographer, assistant professor of family and consumer studies at the University of Utah and author of How the Other Half Eats: The Untold Story of Food and Inequality in America. She examines class, race and health and reveals how being rich or poor in America impacts something even more fundamental than the food families can afford: the very meaning of food itself. Her talk will be centered around her book.
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Other speakers:

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Nicole Marshall, M.D., M.C.R., I.B.C.L.C., associate professor of maternal-fetal medicine, OHSU. Dr. Marshall researches the impact of maternal body composition, obesity, and metabolic health on lactation, placental function, fetal growth, and immune system development. She is a board-certified perinatologist practicing full spectrum, high-risk obstetric care and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Her talk is titled “Nutrition During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding.” 
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Amy Valent, D.O., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, OHSU. The title of Dr. Valent's talk is "Preconception Period: The Underappreciated Golden Opportunity." Pregnancy is a dynamic and constantly changing period of life. Lifestyle behaviors, experiences and nutritional status prior to conceiving shape the health and vulnerability to chronic disease of our offspring and future generations. Investing efforts to optimize health prior to pregnancy not only benefits the future pregnant person, but their child and family unit.

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 Liana Haywood, M.P.H., communications manager, Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness, OHSU. The title of Haywood's talk is "DOHaD Science in Action: The First Five Years of the Statewide Nutrition Oregon Campaign."  She has worked in health and science communications for more than 15 years, including in media relations, crisis communication, internal communications, community outreach and program development. Her current work focuses on translating the science of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease into tools, programs and policies that improve community health — and working directly with communities to implement the work.
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Dawn M. Richardson, Dr. PH., M.P.H. (she/her/ella), is the associate dean for social justice and an associate professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, where she is advancing the school’s antiracism initiative. Dr. Richardson is a social epidemiologist whose research examines the role of structural racism as a driver of health inequities via chronic stress. Her talk is titled "Barriers to Food Equity for Undocumented Immigrants in Oregon." 

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Robin Stanton (left), (clockwise from top left) Ryan Fisher, Meredith Knowles, Lillie Jones Manvel, Molly Notarianni

Panel discussion: “Impacting Policy to Improve Health”
Panel moderator
Robin Stanton, M.A., R.D.N., L.D., maternal-child health, Oregon Health Authority

Ryan Fisher, lobbyist with specific knowledge of health, human services and housing policy, NW Public Affairs, LLC, Portland, OR
Meredith Knowles, nutrition and physical health policy specialist, Oregon Health Authority
Lillie Jones Manvel, M.P.H., executive director, Upstream Public Health
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Diane Stadler (left), Jenny Jackson (right)

Co-presentation: “Food Insecurity Among University Students:  Challenges and Successes”

Diane Stadler, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., professor of medicine, division of general internal medicine; director, Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition and Dietetic Internship; associate director, Bob and Charlee Moore institute for Nutrition & Wellness, OHSU.
Jenny Jackson, Ph.D., M.S., R.D.N., C.H.W.C., clinical assistant professor of nutrition; director, Masters of Science in Nutrition and Professional Dietetics and Dietetic Internship programs, Oregon State University.
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*Continuing Professional Education Units: Participants received a certificate of attendance from the Commission on Dietetic Registration for 5.25 CPEU.

COVID-19 protection

The health and safety of all attendees is our primary concern. Meeting attendees must be fully vaccinated (including booster doses, if applicable / appropriate). Masks will be available for participants, and we encourage their use while in the conference room.


Oregon Nutrition Day archives
Diverse nutrition for diverse communities (2021)