Healthy Tailgating + Diabetes Awareness = A Healthy Bonanza at OSU

When the Beavers take on a big time opponent like USC on the football field, it brings a big crowd to Corvallis, OR. So we figured, “Let’s hit these pre-gamers with some ideas for living a healthy life!” With that in mind, we brought a crew to Reser Stadium, and took part in two healthy events…at the same time! Here’s what went down:

1) The Healthy Life Tailgater

The genius behind the Beaver Fan Blackbean Qunioa Salad, Bethany

The genius behind the Beaver Fan Blackbean Qunioa Salad, Bethany

Half the fun of going to football games is devouring delicious food in the parking lot. But while delicious, we’ve noticed that most tailgate food is pretty darn unhealthy. Brats, burgers, chili, chips, and all the other usual suspects means that your pre-game meal is more often than not a diet destroyer.

Along with lots of our pals at OSU, we hosted a Healthy Life Tailgater. To make it happen, we shared two healthy recipes that were selected from the Moore Family Center’s recent GridIron Chef Contest. For the contest, OSU students and faculty submitted healthy recipes, and they put them to a vote. The winners were Beaver Black Bean Quinoa Salad and Heavenly Healthy Layer Dip. Our partners prepared these foods, and served them to fans on their way into the game. Since both recipes were absolutely scrumptious, Beaver fans (and a few Trojan fans) were thrilled to have a healthy snack.

Huge thanks to all of our partners: The Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health, OSU Catering, University Housing and Dining Services, the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, OSU Healthy Campus Initiatives, and Bi-Mart. As partnerships go, this was a slam dunk! This team was fantastic.

2) Novo Nordisk Beavers Diabetes Day

Laura, our Dietician

Laura, our Dietician

A block away from our Healthy Life Tailgater, we got involved with Novo Nordisk Beavers Diabetes Day. Since November is American Diabetes Month, OSU recruited health care professionals of all types, including an endocrinologist, certified diabetes educators (CDE’s), dietitians, nurses, pharmacists and pharmacy students. The students conducted random glucose tests, and had the opportunity to counsel individuals whose glucose levels suggested pre-diabetes or undiagnosed diabetes. Students were also offering flu shots (although we suspect Jell-O shots would have been a bigger hit with the pre-game crowd). We had one our RNs, our dietician, and our Director of Pharmacy Services on hand to help out.

Keeping with the theme of sharing healthy ideas, we asked people to share what they do to stay healthy and prevent or manage diabetes. We heard lots of good suggestions, like getting 8 hours of sleep, drinking lots of water, walking, biking to work, and playing sports. Thanks to everyone who shared their ideas! On their behalf PacificSource will donate $1 to the Veggie U program to help get vegetables into 4th grade classrooms.

Some of the most important things you can do to prevent diabetes are to reach and maintain a healthy body weight, eat healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and exercise daily.

What a day! Check out all the snapshots from OSU here:

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  1. We had a great time! Can’t wait to do it again!

  1. CPHHS GridIron Chef Contest & Homecoming Trivia Bowl a success

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