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May 19: Leaders to discuss statewide nutrition initiatives, threats to progress

Educators, nonprofits, scientists will discuss what’s working, issues that stand in the way of better nutrition for Oregonians




Oregon Nutrition Day 2017: “Nutrition in Action: Success and challenges of implementing nutrition programs”


Friday, May 19, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


OHSU Auditorium, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Rd., Portland, OR 97239 (map).

Parking in Garage D may be purchased online in advance ($14-all day pass); hourly (five-hour max) parking may be purchased on site in Garage G (map).


Recent efforts to roll back national nutrition standards in schools is just one of many challenges education leaders, community-based organizations and health professionals face in implementing nutrition-based programs for Oregonians.

Join Kent Thornburg, Ph.D., director of OHSU Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness, OHSU scientists and leaders from across the state for the third annual Oregon Nutrition Day conference to learn about successes and challenges in improving nutrition statewide.

SPEAKERS (in order of appearance)

  • “Are fake sugars contributing to the obesity epidemic?” - Keynote speaker: Meghan Azad, Ph.D., Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba 
  • “You are what you eat: nutrition and cancer prevention” - Emily Ho, OSU Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health
  • “The Blue Zone impact of healthy choices at Shasta Elementary” - David Wehr, Shasta Elementary, Klamath Falls 
  • “Nutrition Matters at George Fox University” - Linda Samek, George Fox University 
  • “Veggie Rx: a prescription for partnerships in healthy eating and education” - Lauren Kraemer, Hood River County Extension, and Sarah Sullivan, Gorge Grown Food Network
  • “Prescription CSA: bridging our food system and health system” - Mike Wenrick, Zenger Farm
  • “Environmental, behavioral and cultural factors that influence healthy eating in rural women of childbearing age: findings from a PhotoVoice study” - Julia Mabry, M.S., M.P.H., Clatsop County CASA
  • “Quick and Healthy Eats” (cooking demonstration) - Lori Sobelson, Bob's Red Mill
  • “The Oregon Food Bank: strengths and challenges of food assistance in Oregon” - Susannah Morgan, Oregon Food Bank 
  • “Advocating to reduce hunger in Oregon" -  Annie Kirschner, Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon

The mission of the OHSU Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness is to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease throughout the lifespan by promoting healthy, nutrient-rich diets based on wholesome foods before conception, during pregnancy and lactation, and in infancy and early childhood. Kent Thornburg, Ph.D. is director of OHSU Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness, director of the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute Center for Developmental Health and professor of medicine (cardiovascular medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine. 

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