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A $5 million gift from one of the world’s most prominent advocates for whole grains and healthy eating has launched a new research and outreach center at Oregon State University focused on whole grain foods nutrition.
The gift from Bob and Charlee Moore, founders of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, establishes the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU.
The academic center builds on the college’s research on nutrition, childhood obesity and related topics, and helps promote healthy eating throughout Oregon and beyond.
The gift provides endowments for the center’s director and an additional professor, along with two programmatic funds to support the center’s research and outreach, including a fund focused on childhood obesity. This enhances the college’s current efforts to develop, deliver and evaluate effective public health obesity prevention strategies for schools and communities.
The gift also creates an endowed fellowship fund for graduate students who want to study, research and advance the health and nutritional benefits of whole grain foods. A final portion of the gift allows the university to renovate the food research laboratory in Milam Hall, where faculty and students study whole grain foods and ways to promote healthy eating behavior.