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Centers for Disease Control

CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) is working to implement policy and environmental strategies to make healthy eating and active living accessible and affordable for everyone.


MyPlate is the current nutrition guide published by the United States Department of Agriculture, depicting a place setting with a plate and glass divided into five food groups. It replaced the USDA's MyPyramid guide on June 2, 2011, ending 19 years of USDA food pyramid diagrams. MyPlate will be displayed on food packaging and used in nutrition education in the United States.

Oregon Health Authority (OHA)

The Oregon Health Authority knows what it needs to do to improve health care: focus on health and preventive care, provide care for everyone and reduce waste in the health care system.

OHA includes most of the state's health care programs, including Public Health, the Oregon Health Plan, Healthy Kids, employee benefits and public-private partnerships. This gives the state greater purchasing and market power to begin tackling issues with costs, quality, lack of preventive care and health care access. The Health Authority is working to fundamentally improve how health care is delivered and paid for, but because poor health is only partially due to lack of medical care, OHA will also be working to reduce health disparities and to broaden the state's focus on prevention.

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, in partnership with the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, is happy to announce the release of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For more than 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime.

Public Health Institute (PHI)

The Public Health Institute generates and promotes research, leadership and partnerships to build capacity for strong public health policy, programs, systems and practices.

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), part of the executive branch of the Federal Government. Congress created NIFA through the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. NIFA replaced the former Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES), which had been in existence since 1994.

Oregon State University

Extension Service

OSU Extension Service faculty work with business people, growers, foresters, youth, and community leaders. They see first-hand what’s working, and what’s not working, in Oregon communities. Extension educators consult with scientists at Oregon State University, where they focus their research on the real issues important to real people. Results from that research circle back to the community through Extension programs. Knowledge grows from this cycle of reaching out and engaging the people who use it.

GROW Extension partners


Food Hero

With Food Hero, you will be able to budget for, plan, and create countless healthy, super tasty meals. Food Hero will become your family's 'go to' site for everything food.  Within Food Hero lives healthy and tasty recipes, meal ideas, budgeting, shopping, and many more cooking tips and tools, plus ways to connect with other Food Heroes.

Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children & Families

The Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families promotes the development and wellbeing of children, youth, and families by generating, translating, and sharing research-based knowledge. The Center advocates a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to research and outreach that has far-reaching consequences for Oregon and beyond.

Master Gardener Program

The OSU Extension Service Master Gardener™ Program develops and delivers research-based information to educate Oregonians about the art and science of sustainably growing and caring for plants.