A nutrition revolution is on the move

February 28, 2013

moore22813Over the past year, the OHSU Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness made significant progress towards its goal of disseminating the findings of the body of research known as "developmental origins of health and disease." Through the translation of this research into the public domain, the Moore Institute believes that it can help reduce the prevalence of chronic diseases across the lifespan. A key aspect of the Institute's mission includes sharing information about the impact a healthy, nutrient-rich early-life diet (before conception, during pregnancy and lactation, and in infancy and early childhood) can have on current and future generations. The Moore Institute has adopted a multi-faceted approach to meeting its goals. This past year, the Institute laid down a solid foundation on which to build its future.

The Institute is partnering with an outside creative marketing agency to further establish its identity and develop a comprehensive, multi-year marketing and media plan. The goal is to spark a public health movement associated with good nutrition. A dedicated communications specialist was recently hired to continue sharing the Institute's expertise with the OHSU community.

As part of its ongoing outreach strategy, the Moore Institute's directors and various committee members regularly make time to share their insights with media outlets, writing opinion editorials, visiting the Oregonian editorial board, appearing in radio-show guest spots, and giving talks across OHSU and the Greater Portland community.

The Moore Institute supports public policies that promote improved nutritional health in the community, which in turn meets its goal of translating the research in ways that benefit human health. From partnering with the Northwest Health Foundation in an effort to further reach Oregonians, to meeting with Governor Kitzhaber's policy team in Salem, Institute representatives are deeply involved in policy considerations at every level.

The Institute continues to explore partnerships with Oregon community leaders to motivate and empower young girls, pregnant mothers, parents and their children to choose balanced whole-food nutrition for themselves, their families and their communities. In June 2013, the Moore Nutrition Consortium will bring Oregon's nutrition experts together to specifically address the diets and social conditions of young girls, women of reproductive age and their infants.

A key aspect of achieving the Moore Institute goals is physician education through professional training. Institute representatives are deeply involved in the ongoing School of Medicine M.D. curriculum transformation, promoting the incorporation of an integrated nutrition curriculum.

Having access to major studies in other countries is helping the Institute meet its goal of becoming a major force in the improvement of the nutrition of girls and young women. Continued investment in the Helsinki (PI: David Barker, M.D., Ph.D.) and Dutch Famine Birth Cohorts (PI: Tessa Roseboom, Ph.D.) is throwing new light on the early origins of aging and life expectancy. The Institute has close links to a network of studies in India (PI: Caroline Fall) that include the first-ever randomized trial of pre-conceptional food supplementation among young married women living in the slums of Mumbai, as well as longitudinal studies of young adults born in Delhi and children born in Mysore. The Institute is also associated with crucial studies of placental size shape and function in Saudi Arabia and Tunisia (PI: Saleh Alwasel) as well as studies of adult patients who were anemic before birth in New Zealand

The Moore Institute continues to lay the groundwork for coordinated initiatives across education, research, outreach, policy, marketing and other platforms to create a change in the trajectory of the health of Oregon's citizens and people across the globe. Interim Director Kent Thornburg, Ph.D. is very pleased: "Together, we are making progress in the area of nutrition improvement through exciting partnerships and we're working to translate vital public health information to Oregon communities."