Meaning they lack reliable access to healthy food.
And may be half as likely to eat fruits and vegetables.
Costing Oregon $3 billion a year.
As a tool for personal success.
In 2010, our Central Oregon Food Needs Assessment revealed a desire by residents to access more healthy fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as prioritizing both price and health/nutrition when making food choices. Current statistics from the Oregon Food Bank state that 1 in 5 Oregonians are food insecure, meaning they may be hungry or don’t not know where their next meal is coming from. Studies have also found that not having access to food is tied to social and economic status, and is directly linked to diet-related illnesses.
HDFFA is committed to improving access to Nutrition Wellness Programs, such as cooking classes or a Veggie Prescription Program, so that people will feel empowered to make healthy choices. We currently provide Cooking Matters throughout the region but through this project want to improve access to all available programs.
HDFFA and Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council are working together to identify nutrition wellness programs throughout the region that serve everyone. We define nutritional wellness programs as:
Any program that encourages healthy eating by educating and/or providing hand-on skills about nutrition and cooking; these programs may or may not provide food assistance.
HDFFA will conduct a two-year project, funded by the Central Oregon Health Council, to better understand how Nutrition Wellness programs benefit individuals and families.
The overall goal is to improve food security in Central Oregon. This will be accomplished by: 1) determining what is important to residents in how they improve their own health, 2) how they access programs and information, 3) how practitioners provide the information and, 4) determining the barriers to accessing or providing these programs.
During the 2017, we will perform the following:
Diabetes costs our nation 1,000 lives per day and over $240 billion dollars per year. And it’s all preventable. Check out the NPR Article here.
List of regional food banks, locations and contact info
Women, Infants, Children (WIC) Program
La Pine Community Health Center, Veggie Prescription Program
Cooking Matters, cooking, nutrition and food budgeting classes held throughout the region
Recipes and healthy eating tips from OSU Extension’s Food Hero
OSU Extension Oregon Family Nutrition Program
Prep to Plate, St. Charles, Bend
Diabetes Prevention Program, Deschutes County Health Services