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.


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Oregon Nutrition Update 2018

May 18, 2018

We are excited to announce that the OHSU Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness and the OSU Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition & Preventive Health have joined forces to combine our annual nutrition conferences. We have renamed the Food, Nutrition and Health Update conference to “Oregon Nutrition Update”, and will alternate locations between Portland and Corvallis.

In 2018, the conference will be held in Portland. Working together, we will be able to amplify our common message about the important role nutrition plays in the health of Oregon communities.

We hope you are as excited about the possibilities of this collaboration as we are!

For details and to register see Oregon Nutrition Update conference.


Past conference materials

2017 Food, Nutrition & Health Update

Watch 2017 presentation video and download materials

Whole Grain Summit 2015

Download 2015 Presentation Materials



Watch video from past seminars


Faculty/Staff Nutrition Information sessions

The OSU dietetic internship program and the Moore Family Center offers free 60-minute nutrition consult visits for OSU faculty and staff.  Sessions are open on select Fridays in fall, winter, and spring terms.  Email michelle.bump@oregonstate.edu for more information.