CHILDBIRTH

It’s Official: Water Birth Carries No Added Risk

According to a groundbreaking Oregon State study, it’s just as safe to deliver in water as on land.

06/24/2016 Illustrations by Sarah Hopwood

MEDICINE

How Portland Helps the World’s LGBT Couples Have Babies

Would-be parents from across the globe converge here for science, surrogates, and security.

06/24/2016 By Marty Patail

RESEARCH

Right Now, You’re Breathing Out Microscopic Ecosystems That Can Tell Scientists Exactly Who You Are

And the research could have implications stretching from health care to crime fighting.

06/24/2016 By Julian Smith

GET FIT

The Portland Fitness Revolution

Parkour fitness. Twerking-inspired workouts. A locally hatched yoga style. Body-positive trainers. In Portland, there’s always a new way to work out.

06/24/2016 Edited by Zach Dundas By Katelyn Best, Sylvia Randall-Muñoz, Benjamin Tepler, and Molly Woodstock

BODY TALK

“Soothe” Lets You Order a Professional Massage Without Leaving Your Bedroom

Using this on-demand mobile massage app is awkward, of course—but also sort of great.

06/22/2016 By Molly Woodstock

OM BASE

Teen Witch Rapper Has Amazing Second Career as a Celebrity Yoga Instructor. Top That!

Yogalosophy author Mandy Ingber, a familiar face from her child acting career, visits Yoga Pearl this month.

06/16/2016 By Margaret Seiler

GOING GREEN

Kailash Ecovillage Offers a Sustainable Way of Living

Equipped with solar panels, rainwater channels, gardens, and humanure composting, this sustainable housing complex just might be the community of the future.

06/16/2016 By Kailla Coomes

HEALTH NEWS

An Oregon Court Recognized “Non-Binary” as a Gender—Here’s What That Means

Will a Multnomah County ruling spark a new wave of acceptance for people who don’t identify as male or female?

06/15/2016 By Mads Ambrose

MASTER CLASS

Let the Senior Games Begin!

Think you'll still be running races at age 90? These athletes will school you.

06/09/2016 By Marisa Russell

HEALTHY EVENTS

Have a Healthy, Happy June with These Local Wellness Events

Practice yoga in Pioneer Courthouse Square, learn the secrets to a great night's sleep, brew your own kombucha, and show off your birthday suit on the World Naked Bike Ride.

06/02/2016 By Kailla Coomes

HEALTH NEWS

Oregon Quietly Increases Protections for Transgender Students

While other states battle Obama over bathroom rights, our department of education is fostering safe learning environments for everyone.

05/27/2016 By Molly Woodstock

GOOD EATS

“Kids Cook at the Market” Teaches Youngsters to Eat Their Veggies

Turn your child into a budding chef with this farm-fresh program at the Saturday PSU Market.

05/26/2016 By Molly Woodstock

GOOD EATS

Five Reasons to Celebrate Portland’s Biggest Plant-Based Booze Fest

60 beer vouchers, seven brands of cold brew, and one meatless butcher shop—find it all at the Vegan Beer & Food Festival on June 11.

05/25/2016 By Molly Woodstock

BEER ME

The Ultimate Gluten-Free Beer Smackdown

Omission vs. Groundbreaker vs. Utah-based Uinta. We ranked these beers from best to worst.

05/18/2016 By Ramona DeNies and Marty Patail

GOOD EATS

Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore Takes the Stress out of Modern Dinner Parties

Anna Thomas of 1972 classic The Vegetarian Epicure dishes on her crowd-pleasing new cookbook and shares a recipe for carrot and walnut cake.

05/12/2016 By Molly Woodstock

BODY TALK

Women Get Naked for Wildfang and National Women’s Health Week

Wildfang shows support for Planned Parenthood with two videos and a weeklong fundraiser.

05/10/2016 By Kailla Coomes

Summer Race Guide

Bike, Run, Stumble, and Jump: Our Guide to 30 Great Summer Races

UFO-themed dashes, ultra-awesome ultras, and scavenger hunts inspired by The Amazing Race—we pick our 30 favorite summer challenges. Mark your calendars—and go!

05/03/2016 By Caitlin Collins, Ramona DeNies, and Molly Woodstock

HEALTH NEWS

One-Minute Workouts Get You Fit, Says Science

Keep hitting snooze—a new study shows that one minute of high-intensity training is all it takes to improve aerobic health.

04/29/2016 By Maya Seaman

HEALTHY EVENTS

Have a Healthy, Happy May with These Local Wellness Events

Paddle down the Willamette River, learn wilderness survival skills, and take on a "mindful triathlon" complete with yoga and meditation.

04/27/2016 By Molly Woodstock

GET OUT

Run Towards Paid Parental Leave This Mother’s Day

Family Forward Action hosts Run Mama Run, a 5k, 10k, and Kids' Fun Run on May 8.

04/21/2016 By Sarah Hopwood