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Eat and run with the CPHHS during Homecoming 2014

Second annual GridIron Chef Contest & Beaver Bowl to be held Nov. 1

Join the College of Public Health and Human Sciences as it bridges two of its powerhouse disciplines, Exercise and Sport Science and Nutrition, for a not-to-be-missed Homecoming celebration Saturday, Nov. 1.

The second annual CPHHS GridIron Chef Contest and Homecoming Beaver Bowl will feature the popular healthy tailgater snack recipe contest hosted by the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health, and new this year – a football-themed fun run with drills, prizes and a must-have Beaver tail T-shirt.

Faculty, staff, alumni, students and community members tasted and voted on their favorite GridIron Chef Contest recipe at last year's CPHHS Homecoming event.

Faculty, staff, alumni, students and community members taste and vote for their favorite GridIron Chef Contest recipe at last year’s CPHHS Homecoming event.

Submit your favorite healthy snack, appetizer or tailgate food recipe by Oct. 6. The top five winners will receive prizes, including tickets to an OSU Beaver football game, gift baskets, and gift cards from Bob’s Red Mill.

The top five recipes will be chosen by Oregon State chefs, nutritionists and PHHS faculty and staff. They will be showcased following the Beaver Bowl, and the college invites run participants, college alumni and friends to taste and vote on their favorites. Winners of the GridIron Chef Contest will be tallied after voting and announced at a second tailgater, held in conjunction with PacificSource Health Plans, at Parker Plaza, across from Reser Stadium.

“The Moore Family Center is committed to helping you be healthier through good nutrition in every part of your life,” says Moore Family Center Director Emily Ho. “Believe it or not – you can eat healthy (and enjoy it), even during football games.”


  • Enter your recipe in the GridIron Chef Contest by Oct. 6.
  • Sign up for the Beaver Bowl fun run.
  • Be ready to walk or run at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 1. And stick around to taste recipe winners.
  • Come to Parker Plaza before the game to find out who is crowned this year’s GridIron Chef!
  • Ask your friends and family to join you!

Registration is open for the 5K football-themed Beaver Bowl fun run, which begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. By signing up, you receive entry to the run, a Beaver tail T-shirt, free childcare for potty-trained children, food and drink, and access to shower facilities and towels. You also are eligible for prizes for overall male and female winners, best costume and best touchdown celebration.

“The run benefits the college’s KidSpirit and Faculty Staff Fitness programs and is geared toward having fun and being active,” says FSF Director Drew Ibarra. “The run will comprise football drills that each participant will navigate through on the Oregon State campus to the final touchdown celebration at the finish. A Beaver Dash is being planned for the little ones.”

For more information, to enter the recipe contest or to register for the fun run, go to health.oregonstate.edu/homecoming. Want to check out last year’s GridIron Chef Contest’s winners? Click here to see photos and recipes.