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Healthy tailgate + fun run = recipe for success

Homecoming-2014-headerThis year, the College of Public Health and Human Sciences stirred up a fun event that provided a healthy complement to Homecoming festivities.

For the second year in a row, the college’s Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health hosted its GridIron Chef Contest, where students, faculty and community members alike submitted healthy tailgating snack recipes for their chance to crowned the GridIron Chef.

The top five recipes were announced before the Homecoming event Nov. 1 and were sampled by more than 60 people who stopped by to taste and vote on their favorite.

Moore Family Center Director Emily Ho (left) and GridIron Chef Contest People's Choice award winner, HDFS graduate student Bethany Harmon (right) with her "Chilly Grilled Chili" recipe.

Moore Family Center Director Emily Ho (left) and GridIron Chef Contest People’s Choice award winner, HDFS graduate student Bethany Harmon (right) with her “Chilly Grilled Chili” recipe.

Megan Ferris, OSU Graduate School office specialist, was crowned the 2014 GridIron Chef with her recipe “Quinoa Apple Salad.”

The People’s Choice pick for 2014 was the “Chilly Grilled Chili” created by Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) graduate student Bethany Harmon – a two-time GridIron Chef Contest top-five winner.

Other top-five finalists include “Beaver Nation Broccoli Salad” by Nutrition student Rachael Veith, “Curried Spiced Sweet Potatoes” by CPHHS alumna Courtney Archibuque, and “Mediterranean Orzo Salad” by HDFS graduate student Claudia Recksiedler.

Two top-five recipes were featured and sampled at the CPHHS/PacificSource tailgater in front of Reser Stadium right before the Homecoming football game against California.Beaver-Bowl-Synergies

And new this year, the college combined the GridIron Chef Contest with a fun twist on a 5K – the Beaver Bowl fun run.

Prior to the game, about 30 participants ran the course around campus, which included obstacles such as a bear crawl, high knees, barrel roll and more.

More than 10 people received prizes ranging from gift cards to tickets to an OSU Beaver football game.

Free pairs of shoes by Kindrunner.com went to the first female and male winners of the Beaver Bowl – College of Business student Russell Zillgitt and CPHHS Public Health student Terra Champney.

For GridIron Chef and Beaver Bowl highlights and to hear from event organizers and participants, read this GazetteTimes article.

View the slideshow below to check out the event.

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