Moore Institute

Why SNAP Matters

Proposed cuts would cause poor health outcomes in this generation and the next

The next few weeks will see plenty of news stories about the potentially devastating effects of President Trump’s proposed budget, especially the proposed 29 percent cut to SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or what used to be known as food stamps.

A program that’s been around since the 1960s, SNAP has been studied extensively and consistently been shown to be effective in lifting people out of poverty and reducing the number of people who are food insecure.

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Chronic diseases are not the inevitable lot of humankind. They are the result of the changing pattern of human development. We could readily prevent them, had we the will to do so.

David Barker, Ph.D., from Public Health, 2012

Better the Future anthem

When will we decide to conquer chronic disease? The moment that we realize the future’s not only in our genes; it’s also in our hands.

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“We all have a role to play in a food revolution that has the power to reduce or wipe out chronic disease in future generations.”

Kent Thornburg, Ph.D.

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines: Can’t we all just get along?

The health of the next generation depends on it

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were recently released. They have been the source of much public debate since the original report on which the guidelines are based was released almost a year ago. The final report has ignited a flurry of opinions and commentary from health professionals, media outlets, special interest groups and others.

So what’s all the fuss about? Every five years the federal government updates the guidelines to reflect the latest research on what Americans should eat as part of a nutritionally sound diet to promote health and prevent chronic disease.

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Food as medicine

How a healthy diet now can end chronic disease in future generations

You may already know that the food a woman eats while pregnant and breastfeeding has a direct effect on her developing baby, but you may not know that what a woman eats prior to conceiving is just as important.

Good nutrition before becoming pregnant creates a healthy body that will be ready to nourish a developing baby. While a woman provides the environment that supports and nurtures her developing child,

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What is “good food?”

Hint: no barcodes

The message that we should be eating better is nothing new. We hear it everywhere. But making sense of the advice on what to eat or not eat seems to be constantly changing – one minute eggs are good for us, the next minute eggs are bad. We’re told our health problems result from all that saturated fat we consumed, no wait it’s carbs that are making us fat, or maybe it’s all the added sugar,

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The magical, mysterious placenta

What does it have to do with chronic disease?

The placenta is the organ that connects the developing baby to its mother during pregnancy. It is where the mother’s and baby’s blood meet to exchange nutrients. At birth it detaches from the inner wall of the womb and is delivered to the outside world along with the newborn baby.

While the placenta may be one of the least understood organs in the human body, it is arguably one of the most important.

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How we got here

The Barker Hypothesis and the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease

Who was David Barker?

David Barker was a pioneer, among the first to tie chronic disease in adulthood to growth patterns in early life. His work began nearly 30 years ago while studying birth and death records in England, where he noticed a link between low birth weight and a risk for dying from coronary heart disease as an adult. He developed a hypothesis that early-life nutrition and growth is an important factor in determining whether a baby will grow up to be more or less vulnerable to cardiac and metabolic disorders.

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Success story: One organization’s path toward changing its food culture

A Q&A with Eecole Copen, manager of the OHSU Farmers Market

What was the impetus behind starting a farmers market at OHSU?

My director and I were at the very first Food-Med conference. We heard a presentation about the process of starting farmers markets at Kaiser Permanente facilities in California. A lightbulb went off in both of our brains simultaneously. OHSU is located on a hill with little access to fresh fruits and veggies, and at the time had no place for the community to gather.

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How our food culture is making us sick

How small steps can lead to big changes in the next generation

Have you ever stopped to really think about what you eat? And why you eat it? Have you ever considered where your food comes from, how it was produced? Or really thought about how what you eat affects your health, or the health of your future children and grandchildren? The answer is probably no. It’s not something we’ve been encouraged to do. Our lack of attention to our food has an enormous influence on the health of the American public.

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