Dec 16 2011

Recommended Reading: Healthier Truckers


A recent article in the New York Times explains the health problems that plague many truckers. Drivers are allowed to drive up to 11 hours in a 24-hour period and are unlikely to stop to stretch, much less walk or run, during their shift. And when they do stop, truck stop food tends to be high-fat and high-calorie, adding to the diabetes, hypertension, obesity, high cholesterol and lack of general fitness that many truckers face.

Recently, according to the Times article, trucking firm owners and trucking associations have begun working with truckers by offering ideas, incentives and even coaches to help make a healthy lifestyle more accessible for the long haul.

Some recent changes at rest stops may help both truckers and the regular traveler. The onsite stores that sell newspapers, candy bars and state collectibles now often sport a refrigerator case with healthier items such as yogurt, hard boiled eggs and cut fruit and vegetables.

Read the New York Times article here.

>>Read more on what other employers are doing to improve the health of their employees and the communities they live in.

Tags: Nutrition, Obesity, Physical activity, Recommended Reading, Transportation