The Way to Wellville Promotes and 

Advocates for Healthy Lifestyles in 

Clatsop County

Introducing The Way to Wellville

Our goal is to build networks through community organizing to increase access to and use of beneficial services, activities and resources to improve the health of Clatsop County residents. The following four focus areas were determined to have the greatest community benefit. Explore each category by moving your cursor over the interactive icons to learn more about the programs.

Community Wellness
Economic Opportunity
Emotional Health
Health Care Access

Featured Story

  • Clatsop County kicks off nutrition hub

    Nov 27, 2019

    Nov. 18, 2019
    By Sue Cody

    Clatsop County joins Ontario and Klamath Falls as one of three statewide hubs for the Nutrition Oregon Campaign.

    The county is collaborating with the OHSU Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness to reduce chronic disease — such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease — through nutrition and education.

    Nutrition Oregon group 10_19

    Research now shows the seeds of chronic disease are planted much earlier in life than previously thought, from before conception through about age 2.

    Dr. Kent Thornburg, Director of the Moore Institute says health is dependent on the environment into which we are born, including nutrition and exposure to toxic stress. A mother’s nutrition affects the development of her child, and access to nutritious food supports both the mother and child.

    On Oct. 28, he spoke in Astoria to a gathering of representatives from health care, nutrition, social services and education to kick off the Nutrition Oregon Campaign hub.

    Thornburg says that there is a global epidemic of chronic disease. More people are vulnerable because of lifestyles passed down through generations. Poverty is perpetuated and the consumption of low-quality food becomes multigenerational.

    With chronic diseases on the rise, the projection for the future is for more ill health. The United States spends more than other countries on health care and has a lower life expectancy.

    Thornburg says the only way to change the direction of this trajectory is to act locally through high-energy, community-wide efforts. Disease can be reduced with a healthy diet and healthy community.

    Clatsop County was chosen as a hub because it is proactive and determined to improve health in the community.

    Building a leadership team

    Following Thornburg’s presentation, Monica Cuneo outlined the policy for working with the Nutrition Oregon Campaign:

    • Developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD) drives policy and research
    • Nutrition and healthy food for all
    • Schools and out-of-school programming provide early nutrition
    • Health care policy and delivery prioritize nutrition

    The Moore Institute is the backbone of the hub, while the leadership team links and leverages work between community organizations.

    Norma Hernandez and Tara Mestrich from the county Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program and Brooke Stanley, from Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization, are the hub coordinators.

    Representatives from area schools, hospitals, food banks, social service agencies and health care volunteered to join the leadership team and participate in monthly phone calls. They will identify with whom to align and map systems to implement the Regional Health Improvement Plan.

    Hernandez says WIC’s partnership with the Moore Institute is vital because it allows them to serve pregnant women and children to create a better future.

    For more information on the Nutrition Oregon Campaign, see


    Diet and health research

    A U.K. study shows that diet is the most influential underlying cause of death. Too many highly processed foods and red meat and not enough fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts were found to be the cause. (

    Recent research shows plant-based diets result in a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular mortality and all-cause mortality in the adult U.S. population. (

What's New 


Put a spark back in your life:
Get out and exercise!

The Way to Wellville is working with small businesses to create Work Place Wellness Programs. One of these programs is our Way to Wellville Activity Card. If your small business is interested in starting a Work Place Wellness Program please contact us at

The Activity card is a way to help employees find what kind of exercise might work for them. We have partnered with local businesses, agencies and parks to get you started for FREE. Below are examples of what activities you can try for free here in Clatsop County. 

Front Copy of FInal Card
Final Picture of Card Back

Who We Are

  • Our Strategic Council

    Way to Wellville is supported in Clatsop County by our Strategic Council. The Strategic Council is responsible for identifying potential health promotion projects, providing oversight for Way to Wellville developed initiatives, leadership in the community promoting Way to Wellville and partner organization, and effectively represent a wide variety of community viewpoints.
  • Community Partners

    Community Partners throughout Clatsop County are coming together to help Way to Wellville succeed in our mission. Learn more about our current partners and how your organization can get involved.
  • Our Staff

    Clatsop County's Way to Wellville program is organized by a small team of dedicated individuals alongside our partners throughout the community. Learn more about who we are, what we do and how to contact us if you would like to get involved.

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