Category Archives: Health Literacy

MirrorAthlete Before Book Publication

Updated: 10 March 2020, by Marc Woodard A former client Sid asked specific questions regarding information I posted on MirrorAthlete’s first web site back in 2007. His questions provided an opportunity to share more of the company’s history with other reader’s and reflect on how we got into publishing our first book. [Sid wrote] “I can’t seem to locate your MirrorAthlete pain chronicles I read back in the early years. I remember it as a (more…)

Ageless MirrorAthlete Pacific Book Review by Allison Walker

Updated: 8 March 2020, Marc Woodard Learn More About Ageless MirrorAthlete book and the author by clicking on the book link and reading the free preview. Title: Ageless Mirror Athlete: Overweight and Unfit No More Author: Marc T. Woodard Publisher: iUniverse ISBN: 978-1-5320-5373-3 Genre: Health and Fitness Pages: 367. Book can be ordered on Amazon, B&N and iUniverse: Hard and soft book cover and digital copy. To view Ageless MirrorAthlete original pacific book review listed (more…)

Tigard Turns the Tide works together to prevent teenage substance use disorder

We all understand how important teenage alcohol and substance use prevention education programs and resources are to any parent challenged with an addicted child or knows someone with a substance abuse disorder. But did you know that nine out of 10 adults with substance use disorders started using before age 18? In surveys, Tigard High School (THS) 11th graders have self-reported substance use from 2012-17.  The data shows significant teenage substance use with significant increases (more…)

Fat Burning Puzzle Piece Changing Lifestyles

What many weight watchers and/or weight loss resolution plans have in common is an annual goal to lose body fat weight. But what people lose sight of who set these goals and New Year’s Resolution… finding a daily fat burning exercise activity [they enjoy] that motivates and compliments other healthy lifestyle changes necessary to stay the course. In my opinion, there’s one piece of the weight loss puzzle that’s more important than any other lifestyle (more…)

Committee Forms to Expand Recreation Opportunities in Tigard

Above: Tigard Community Recreation Committee (TCRC) [L to R]: Marland Henderson, Connie Ramaekers, Neal Brown, Patti Atkins, Marc Woodard and Gabi Miller comprise the TCRC committee. Updated: 1/11/2020 by Marc Woodard Tigard Community Recreation Committee (TCRC) is a not for profit committee of citizens with a goal of expanding city recreation opportunities for everyone. The committee is working on a plan to raise enough money to construct a community recreation facility in Tigard — run (more…)

Teenage Vaping Health Risks

Over the last few years vaping devices [e-cigarettes] have reached an all-time high in consumer sales and use within the teenage population. What many don’t realize are the known and unknown health risks consequences associated with vaping. For those unfamiliar with these devices, they typically look like a pen or computer memory stick. They use batteries to heat an element inside the device to aerosol the nicotine or marijuana liquid or solid during inhalation.” The (more…)

Resilient Children Build Strong Families and Communities

On May 17, 2019 I attended a workshop at the City of Tigard, OR public works building, Creating Strong Families and Communities, presented by Dr. Amy Stoeber. She covered Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) known to cause life stress and trauma (e.g., divorce, parental arrest, emotional neglect and abuse, bulling, peer pressure etc.). Children who experience ACE and have no positive, or little adult interaction are at greater risk of depression, drug addiction, obesity, detachment and (more…)

Recreational Water Parks, Spas and Pools Unhealthy?

Updated: 19 April 2018 Leisurely public pools, water parks and spa tub use are not without its sanitation challenges for pool staff. There are many potential health risks public swim facilities pose for swimmers regardless of whether located indoors or outdoors. Since our skin is the largest organ capable of absorbing environmental impurities; all should be aware that improper water sanitation practices lead to microorganism growth and chemical absorption that may increase health risk. Most (more…)