Nutrition Oregon Overview

Current situation

Oregon is facing a health crisis with increasing rates of obesity, uncontrolled blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. If we do not intervene to reverse this epidemic of decreasing health, the impact will be devastating to Oregon communities. Research over the past 20 years has shown that the seeds of chronic disease are planted much earlier than we once realized. We now know that our risk for developing diseases like obesity, diabetes and heart disease is established before we are even born.

Here's how it works

The nutrition we receive during our development through age two, commonly referred to as the first 1,000 days, affects how our organs and bodily systems are built, and ultimately sets our long-term risk for developing most chronic diseases. The nutrition we receive during this time comes not only from what our mother eats during her pregnancy, but also from the nutritional stores she built up during her adolescence. While the mother provides the environment for the developing child, the food environment the mother lives in affects the nutrition she receives. We are now part of the third generation to receive the bulk of our calories from highly-processed foods that are high in calories, but low in nutrients. Since a woman is born with the eggs that may one day become her children, the egg that made each of us was developed and nourished during our grandmother's pregnancy with our mother.In this way, the health of one generation actually influences the health of future generations.

What do we propose?

Given our understanding of when the seeds of chronic disease are actually planted, the most effective method to halt the decreasing health of Oregonians is to improve nutrition for all, with a special emphasis on girls, adolescents and women.To do that, we will be working throughout the state with community leaders to share this knowledge and lay the foundation for action to improve their community's nutrition. This project is bigger than any one group or community;it will take all of us working together to end chronic disease where it starts and create a healthier Oregon for all.


The Nutrition Oregon Campaign will provide Oregon leaders with a firm understanding of the importance of nutrition as a foundation for healthy communities and support the implementation of community-based strategies for improving nutrition.

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. 

  • 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.  

Who we are

The OHSU Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness is dedicated to reducing the prevalence of chronic disease across the lifespan in current and future generations by promoting healthy, nutrient-rich diets based on whole foods in early life –before conception,during pregnancy and lactation, and in infancy and early childhood.The Moore Institute works directly with communities to spread the message of the importance of nutrition in reducing chronic disease risk and to develop community-led strategies and programs addressing nutrition issues.