August 31, 2015
Lyndon State College hosted THF Hoot's Chalk Talk
LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – On Friday, August 28, 2015, Damien Martinez from the Taylor Hooton Foundation spoke to the Lyndon community about Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs. The Taylor Hooton Foundation (THF) is a non-profit organization founded by the family and friends of Taylor Hooton, who, at the age of 17, took his own life due to depression caused by steroid use. Taylor’s family and friends learned that steroid use is a serious problem among athletes and non-athletes at the middle school and high school level. The THF aims to educate young people, as well as those who work with them, about the dangers of Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs (APEDs). Damien’s presentation included detailed information and videos about the use and side effects of APEDs. However, the most eye-opening message for those in attendance was about the use of dietary supplements. Lack of regulation in the supplement industry poses a risk to consumers. Statistics provided by the THF showed the Lyndon community that anabolic steroids often exist in supplements sold over the counter without the knowledge of the consumer. Damien provided the audience with the tools and resources to make informed decisions about what they put into their body.