Life. We’re All Over It.

Some universities just say they are committed to health. We want to go a step further and provide facts that back it up. Below you will find real world examples of how Oregon State University is focused on healthy living, disease prevention and understanding how to maintain health over the entire span of life.

  • Research at Oregon State has found fighting childhood obesity and boosting kids’ health starts with what they do naturally: running, jumping and playing.
  • Oregon State co-developed and tested a new purple potato that looks unique, tastes great and is loaded with healthy antioxidants.
  • Oregon State researchers are investigating the potential of dietary enzymes from plant extracts that could lead to a new treatments for Type 2 diabetes.
  • Oregon State veterinarians treating dogs with cancer are working with physicians to find treatments that may also be used for people.
  • Oregon State Extension volunteers help families statewide stretch their food budgets and discover fresh, nutritious, local foods.
  • Students can work out, attend fitness classes, meet with personal trainers, receive nutritional counseling, join intramural sports teams, sign up for an Adventure Club trip, rent outdoor equipment and receive physical therapy at campus’ Dixon Recreation Center.
  • OSU’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a variety of services to help students address the challenges and difficulties they face.
  • OSU’s Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families is a collaborative research effort that supports children and families in Oregon and beyond.
  • 18,000 active volunteers in Oregon trained by OSU Extension are contributing to their communities.
  • In June 2011 OSU began the process of creating the first accredited public health college in the state.
  • The College of Public Health and Human Science’s IMPACT (Individualized Movement and Physical Activity for Children Today) program has been delivering a weekly program of physical activity for children with disabilities for more than 25 years.
  • Research is picking up speed around the world on xanthohumol, a phytochemical found in beer that is being explored by OSU medicinal chemist Fred Stevens. In animal experiments it appears to have lipid-lowering, antioxidant and anti-cancer properties.
  • 2 million Oregonians receive information or educational programs from OSU Extension annually.
  • OSU pharmacists have generated a unique melanoma model for the first time that demonstrates the role of key proteins in cancer-associated epithelial cells. This holds promise for development of novel therapeutic strategies to prevent and cure melanoma.
  • The College of Pharmacy’s Drug Use Research and Management Program is finding ways to help shape state policies for the cost-effective use of medications for low-income families.
  • Pharmacist Ann Zweber is helping to lead a national effort to more aggressively train and involve pharmacy students in becoming the “front line” of medicine, to reach out to underserved populations, those with little insurance, special needs, low income or minority groups.
  • The Organic Grower’s Club provides fresh produce grown on the club’s 2-acre plot to the OSU community.
  • Luiz Bermudez, a professor in Biomedical Sciences, is collaborating with Mark Zabriskie, a professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy, on development of a novel treatment for tuberculosis, using a drug previously used to treat malaria.
  • The BUGSY (BUilding the Growing Skeleton in Youth) programs is in its 11th year, studying the long term effect of impact exercise in the early years to bank bone mass for later in life.
  • The OSU student group Peer Health Advocates (PHA) is a peer-to-peer volunteer organization committed to enhancing the health of the OSU community through outreach events.

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