Teaching Healthy Maintenance at the Icy Portland Auto Show

The 1986 Mercury Cougar: The Pinnacle of Automotive Achievement

My first car was a 1986 Mercury Cougar. She was big, she was old, and every time I reached 60 MPH, that beast shook like I was going back in time (the fact that it never exploded is miraculous). It’s safe to say the Cougar was NOT a pristine automobile, but I absolutely loved her. While the rest of the world saw a rusted out gas hog that would overheat if I didn’t turn the heater on in the middle of the summer (I called it “sauna driving”), I saw a hot rod. So I took great care of the Cougar. I changed the oil regularly, I washed and waxed her frequently, I rotated the tires, and gave that beat up V6 the maintenance she needed to continue firing. When I bought the Cougar, she was on her last legs. But thanks to some love, she ran like a champ for years.

The same concept holds for people. Just like the Cougar, most of us aren’t in pristine condition. But by exercising, eating well, and knowing your risk factors, you’ll run at your best for the long haul.

1606942_673688136010606_823856310_nThat’s why we sponsored the Healthy Life Garage at the Portland International Auto Show. We wanted to spread the word to “car nuts” that they’re probably taking better care of their automobile than they are themselves. At the show, we posted up with free apple slices (along with our healthy dip), a hydration station, injury risk assessments, blood pressure checks, and gave out some of our healthiest recipes. We also partnered with some clinics in the Portland area to come give biometric screenings on site. In theory, the event was a home run. However, Mother Nature wasn’t kind to us.

Carrying ice in an ice storm will get you some crazy looks. But the hydration station was delicious!

Carrying ice in an ice storm will get you some crazy looks. But the hydration station was delicious!

It snowed, then iced, then snowed again. That meant getting to the Auto Show was along the lines of an Icelandic adventure. But with a skeleton crew, the Healthy Life Garage went on! And, we owe a huge thank you to Rose City Vein Center and The Portland Clinic for braving the roads and giving health screenings to the folks that were able to trudge their way to the Oregon Convention Center. While the crowd was understandably smaller due to the weather (seriously, we’re talking ice rink roads), the folks that stopped by had a great experience in the Healthy Life Garage.

Despite the weather, we still had a great time talking wellness with the good people of Portland. Check out some snapshots from the icy weekend.

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  1. Solving the problem before it even starts is the best way to keep car running strong. It’s important to follow the scheduled maintenance for your car to keep it in top shape.


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