The event, Celebrate Health Molalla, drew a crowd of over 300 people to Fox Park with live music from Molalla River Academy’s marimba, bucket drummers, and rock band. Free snacks and prizes for all were provided by GROW HKC, and the smoothies were made by the GREEN Corps Fresh Start program of the Clackamas County Juvenile Department.
Through the Oregon State University Extension SNAP-Ed nutrition program, students at Clackamas River, River Mill Elementary School and Estacada Junior High are learning ways to incorporate better nutrition into their daily lives. The program encourages families on a limited budget to make healthy food choices.
College of Public Health and Human Sciences alumna Jenny Jackson, PhD ’15, has received the 2015 Student Leader Award from Oregon State University for her contributions to students, the community and Oregon.
Patty Case and her Extension colleagues don’t just teach about healthy lifestyles. Rather, they partner on multiple levels (in the cafeteria, on the playground, at the community rec center) with a circle of constituents (local leaders, community groups, parents, school principals, P.E. teachers) to change the environment and make healthy choices the easy option.
Periodically the Molalla River School District Board recognizes the impact of various groups and organizations that make a difference in the lives of children in the community of Molalla. In August, the board recognized Oregon State University’s Generating Rural Options for Weight Healthy Kids & Communities (GROW HKC) research and Extension Program as an outstanding community partner.
Researchers in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences are working to reverse childhood obesity, including Assistant Professor Deborah John and Assistant Professor Siew Sun Wong, discuss childhood obesity, how to prevent children from becoming obese and what to do if there’s already a problem.
Locally, Brenda Bishop, the home economics coordinator for the Quay County Extension Office, coordinated the efforts of volunteers and helped compile local results. Using a technique developed at Oregon State called HEAL MAPPs, the volunteers tracked their own pursuit of exercise and nutrition opportunities using cameras and GPS devices.
Rural residency tends to increase the risk of being overweight or obese for both children and adults. Access to, affordability of, and availability of a wide variety of healthy foods, including fruit and vegetables, is limited in rural areas despite the rural agricultural landscape. The location of farmers’ markets, convenience stores, food co-ops, restaurants, and fast food options influences the dietary and physical activity practices of children and families.
Mapping data from GROW Healthy Kids & Communities helped Molalla High School's 4-H Culture Club gain enough momentum to break ground on a new garden at Molalla High School in March. The data demonstrated the need to improve the local food system and helped the club secure a $5,000 grant from PacificSource Foundation and the CPHHS Extension program Youth Advocates for Health. Businesses and community organizations have also supported the school garden, which is Oregon’s 500th.
Members of the community and representatives of the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension program gathered together Oct. 17 to discuss the results of the Health Eating Active Living: Mapping Attributes Using Participatory Photographic Surveys - also known as HEAL MAPPS - conducted in the spring.
The rural nature of Gardnerville makes it one of four communities in Nevada under study by Oregon State University researchers who received a $4.8 million federal grant to study obesity prevention in rural children.
Obesity has become the number one health concern in young Americans, and Land-Grant universities are collaborating on innovative research and extension efforts to help reverse this trend. Since obesity was first declared a public health concern in 1952, the number of overweight or obese U.S. citizens has reached epidemic levels.
Children living in rural areas are at a 20 to 50 percent higher risk of being overweight or obese, and researchers at the Oregon State University Extension Service are about to launch a three-year program to find out why and figure out ways to change it.
Estacada will become one of several testing grounds over the next three years as the Oregon State University Extension Service works to de-code how local communities influence child health and wellness.
The College of Health and Human Sciences has received a $4.8 million grant to develop an obesity prevention program for children in rural Oregon. Roger Beachy, director of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), announced the award during a press conference on the OSU campus January 13, 2011. “Childhood obesity is a problem many families face across the nation,” he said. “However, children in rural areas face obstacles such as limited access to fresh healthy food, physical activity and recreational programs that help prevent obesity.”
Roger Beachy, director of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), today awarded funding to Oregon State University researchers to develop an obesity prevention program for children in rural Oregon.