We foster collaborations among researchers, students, educators and community stakeholders by using awareness, research, education and services to help improve the health and well-being of the community.
The Moore Family Center is dedicated to helping individuals and communities live healthier through healthy foods and good nutrition. The Moore Family Center’s goal is to take a multidisciplinary approach to understand the role of all foods, including whole grains, in health promotion and disease prevention. The center builds upon synergies among research, education and outreach/practice to bridge the science of whole foods and nutrition to its practical application in the community.
I am truly honored to be named the inaugural director of the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health. I see the Moore Family Center as a catalyst, the epicenter for food and nutrition, to get us all working together. People are hungry for information on not only what makes a certain food or diet nutritious, healthy and delicious, but also how to make that applicable in their own ways and circumstances.
At the same time, our nation is facing a health crisis – more than one third of our children are obese today, and more than 60 percent of older adults suffer at least one of the chronic diseases that is preventable by a healthy diet. Unfortunately, they’re getting mixed messages and misinformation and suffer from information overload. We need to make concerted efforts together using multidisciplinary approaches to move those numbers for healthy eating in a positive direction, and this center will be a conduit for producing evidence-based knowledge and practice and getting great food and nutrition science to the community.
I strongly believe that the Moore Family Center and Oregon State University are uniquely poised to help our communities tip the balance toward better health with healthy foods and nutrition. The mission of the center has been inspired by Bob and Charlee Moore’s passion and philosophy that we need to help people eat healthier foods, such as whole grains. This is also my passion, and as a leader in the Moore Family Center, I want to help bring scientists, educators, students and the community together – to generate research knowledge around whole foods, to make it practical and to make a difference in people’s lives.