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Moore Family Center, Bob’s Red Mill partnership brings whole grain, healthy eating awareness to state fair

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Renee Carr, Emily Ho and Pamela Rose from the CPHHS, along with Lori Sobelson from Bob’s Red Mill

As part of ongoing outreach activities within the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health (MFC), center leaders hosted an interactive booth at this year’s Oregon State Fair in Salem.

The Bob’s Red Mill Day at the Oregon State Fair, co-hosted by the MFC and Bob’s Red Mill (BRM), featured a ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the second annual BRM Day at the State Fair, games and prizes, recipes, a poster display and more.

More than 300 visitors also got a chance to grind grain on the MFC grain-milling bike.

“One of my favorite parts of the event was the hands-on experience families and youth had with the hand-turned grain mills and the grain milling bike,” says MFC Endowed Coordinator of Outreach Renee Carr. “They learned firsthand how to grind grain into the flour that makes products they are familiar with such as whole grain pancake mix.”

Housed in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State, the Moore Family Center builds on the college’s research on nutrition, childhood obesity and related topics, and helps promote healthy eating throughout Oregon and beyond.

In an effort to bring healthy eating into the community, the MFC is rounding out its first year of the Healthy Communities Outreach Project (MFC-HCO) where county-based Extension faculty in 12 regions and 36 counties across Oregon focus on ways to improve the lifelong health of Oregonians where they live, work, learn and play that stimulates innovation and collaboration. Each regional project also includes a whole grain foods component.

“It was great hearing the variety of stories shared by 4-H families and Extension staff as they looked at and read the regional HCO posters we had displayed at the event,” Renee says. “They were able to see what had been going on in their county because of the wonderful partnership with Bob’s Red Mill. Many also shared their awareness of the MFC-HCO Project in their region and how excited they were with the BRM partnership.”

The third annual BRM Day is scheduled for August 2016.