Moore Institute visits Astoria for a Nutrition Consortium Forum

12/26/2018 By Sue Cody

Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and other chronic diseases are on the rise in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And healthy nutrition plays a key role in reducing the prevalence these diseases.

An OHSU institute is conducting a free local event about how organizations can work together toward healthier communities by focusing on what we eat.

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Representatives from the OHSU Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness. will be in Astoria for a free Nutrition Consortium Forum Jan. 15. Partnering to sponsor the event are Clatsop County Public Health, the Community Health Advocacy and Resource Team (CHART), North Coast Food Web and the OSU SNAP-Education Program through the Clatsop County Extension Service.

Moore Institute reports science now shows poor nutrition during pregnancy leads to poor fetal development and is the “most powerful determinant of chronic disease in an adult.”

To learn more about local nutrition access and health in Oregon, the Moore Institute is joining with groups across the state in these forums.

The goal is to get people together, make connections and see how people can work together and push forward to improve health in their communities, says Liana Haywood, communications director for the Moore Institute.

Institute members will share the latest research on health and disease and local presenters will share information about food access and nutrition programs. Addressing gaps in services, participants will be able to identify issues that need addressing and see how they can work with the Moore Institute.

Haywood says the forum is of interest to people involved in food and nutrition issues, such as public health, school, health care providers and those interested in social justice.

The Astoria Nutrition Consortium Forum will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 15 at Columbia Hall, Room 219, Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Ave., Astoria. There is no charge for the event, but registration is required. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. To register, go to


More about the Moore Institute

The Moore Institute was established to reduce the prevalence of chronic diseases by promoting healthy, nutrient-rich diets before conception, during pregnancy, infancy and early childhood.  

Focusing on nutrition in a child’s early years affects long-term health, Haywood says. Good nutrition can reduce chronic disease.

“It is important for educators to know the science, and make sure kids have good nutrition so they are ready to learn,” says Haywood. The institute offers community resources on science and nutrition education.

“It is great to go into a community, get people together, make connections and see how people can work together and push forward to improve health,” Haywood says.

The Way to Wellville and its sponsor, Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization support healthy activities and education.