Lauren Kraemer, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences with Oregon State University Extension Service. Lauren’s research interests include chronic disease prevention through nutrition and physical activity education, as well as the development of policies, systems, and environmental shifts to improve the social determinants of health. Lauren serves as Co-Chair of the Blue Zones Project The Dalles Steering Committee, Co-Chair of the Healthy Active Hood River County Coalition, Steering Committee for the Gorge Food Security Coalition, manager of the Mid-Columbia SNAP-Ed Program, and Statewide Ambassador for the StrongWomen™ Program. In these roles, Lauren gets to work at the intersection of food systems, aging, and health equity. Lauren’s passions are making connections, creativity, and empowering others. She has two young sons who she brings into the garden, the kitchen, and the wilderness along with her husband as often as she can.