The partnership with the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health and Bob’s Red Mill, along with Health Extension Family and Community Health and 4-H programs, links outreach with the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. This statewide outreach project made $300,000 available to county based Extension faculty in 12 regions and 36 counties across Oregon.
OSU Extension has been an expressway to Oregon communities for more than 100 years. Each regional project throughout Oregon has been focusing on ways “to improve the lifelong health of Oregonians where they live, work, learn and play that stimulates innovation and collaboration.” Each regional project also includes a whole grain foods component.
Each project demonstrates the value of OSU Extension community-based education through outreach and engagement. Regional Project Teams are comprised of either FCH, 4-H or NEP faculty, with on campus evaluation faculty and a community partner. Regions were awarded up to $25,000 to address a health factor as identified by the Oregon Health Improvement Plan (2010-2020) (pdf) and Oregon’s Healthy Future: A Plan for Empowering Communities (2013) (pdf).
Check out each region on the OSU Extension Regional Map for a profile of each regional project, the OSU Extension regional team and community partners. Each region has a short slide show highlighting projects within that region. A brief overview of the project as a whole and each region is available in the June 2015 Ignite Presentation Booklet (pdf)
The MFC – Healthy Communities Outreach (MFC – HCO) Project posters were presented at the
International Whole Grain Summit held June 2015, in Portland, Oregon and co-hosted by OSU Moore Family Center. These posters are available for viewing on each region's webpage. In addition, look for the Lesson Plan “Whole Grain Foods, For Every Meal of the Day” on the Extension website and the grain kit that makes this a very visual lesson.
We invite you to drop by your county fair and try grinding wheat berries on hand grain grinders donated by Bob’s Red Mill. Some regions might even have a grain grinding bike for you to try your skills in grain grinding while pedaling a bike and getting some physical activity in the process!
Stay tuned for “next steps.” Moore Family Center-Healthy Community Outreach (MFC-HCO) Project Leaders are in process of preparing success stories and collecting information statewide for an IMPACT Report that will be published late fall, 2015
Use the force ... of whole grains!
Oregonians who attended Jurassic World or Star Wars: The Force Awakens, who live on the North Coast or Southwest regions of Oregon, probably watched an OSU Extension Family Community Health/4-H-produced 30-second commercial featuring local families making healthy recipes made from whole grains.
Each high-quality video meets the project goals of empowering low-income families to prepare healthy meals together, demonstrate easy, fun ways for kids to help in the kitchen, promote the use of low-cost whole grains in family meals, and increase awareness of the Foodhero.org website as a resource for healthy recipes and tips. An estimated 650,000 people viewed these commercials. This was one of many successful Healthy Communities Outreach projects carried out in Oregon this year. Click to watch the commercial