The Great American Trucking Show (GATS) kicks off Thursday, August 25, in Dallas, Texas at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Known as the nation’s most interactive experience within the trucking community, this year, GATS promises not to disappoint.
Landstar has a lot planned that you don’t want to miss during this year’s three-day trucking show. When you arrive at the convention center, stop by Landstar’s booth (#12055), to learn about the Landstar advantage and how you can become an independent owner-operator leased to Landstar.
Current BCOs and agents in attendance at the show are welcome to join Landstar each morning at 8 a.m. CT for breakfast, and daily safety meetings starting at 10 a.m. in rooms D163 & D165, with lunch and prizes to follow.
Truck driver health will be a hot topic again this year, so be sure to visit the Landstar Health & Wellness Pavilion, where CDL holders can take advantage of free health screenings, cooking demonstrations, and tips from nutritionists, health authors and health bloggers.
Check out the GATS website for a list of all the health screenings to be offered: http://www.truckshow.com/event/health-pavilion/
And all the happenings at the Landstar Health & Wellness Pavilion: http://www.truckshow.com/landstar-health-pavilion-stage/
The challenge for owner-operators to stay healthy is everywhere, from selecting healthy food on the road to getting enough exercise and sleep.
Sleep: The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults 26 to 64 years old get 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night and adults 65 years and older get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Too little sleep effects daytime alertness and performance. Sleep apnea also affects performance. The disorder disrupts breathing during sleep and can cause low blood oxygen levels, which can lead to hypertension, heart disease, as well as mood and memory problems, and increases the risk of drowsy driving. Anyone who snores loudly, has a hard time staying awake and is tired even after they think they got a full night’s sleep should consider consulting a doctor.
Diet: Unhealthy eating habits can impact an owner-operator’s overall health in a negative way. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion eating healthy foods with appropriate calorie levels and maintaining a healthy weight will dramatically reduce risk of chronic disease. Consuming foods that are low in added sugars, saturated fats and sodium helps keep your diet on track and reduce your risk for disease. Because it’s more challenging to make healthy choices on the road, consider planning ahead and cooking healthy meals ahead to take with you on the road or cook in the truck so you’re not be faced with high calorie and high fat choices often found at truck stops.
Exercise: Research done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that people who are physically active live longer and have lower risks for a variety of diseases and conditions. Fitting exercise into your schedule regularly is important and can help overall health. The CDC recommends adults between the ages of 18 and 64 get at least 2 and a half hours of moderate to intense aerobic activity every week.
According to the CDC, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can help:
- Control your weight
- Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
- Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
- Reduce your risk of some cancers
- Strengthen your bones and muscles
- Improve your mental health and mood
- Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you’re an older adult
- Increase your chances of living longer
Learn more about these benefits at: CDC.gov
*Check with your doctor before starting any exercise routine.
Health and Fitness are this month’s Safety Thursday topics. Join us on the Safety Thursday Conference Call: dial 877-717-5921 August 18, 2016. The call starts at 12 p.m. EST.
The Sleep Foundation
The Sleep Foundation: Disorders, problems
CDC.gov: Physical Activity
The road to success starts with a healthy lifestyle, here are some key elements to keeping your health at its peak.
Studies show that how long a person sleeps is an important regulator of body weight and metabolism, and especially the levels of leptin and ghrelin. Leptin is a hormone, made by fat cells, that decreases your appetite and ghrelin is a hormone that increases the appetite. Sleep loss leads to higher levels of ghrelin that trigger the appetite and lower levels of leptin which tells your body when it is full. Simply put, less than 8 hours of sleep can change those hormones and in turn, cause weight gain.
Read the 10 effects of sleep loss from WebMD.com
Nutritionists say eating five servings of vegetables each day can help people live healthier lives. Choosing the right vegetables to consume is also a very important part of the process. Color is a good indicator of a vegetable’s level of nutrition. Vegetables with vibrant colors such as red tomatoes or dark green broccoli and spinach are a healthier choice than non-vibrant vegetables like potatoes and iceberg lettuce. Preparing vegetables in a healthy way is important too. Avoid adding too much salt, butter and cheese to your veggies to keep them healthy. Do not overcook your vegetables either, the closer a vegetable is to its natural state, the healthier they are.
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Exercise: The Center for Disease Control recommends people exercise 5 days a week for at least 30 minutes. A brisk walk is a good way for BCOs to get exercise while out on the road. Taking a walk during stops and before going to bed at night will not only help your sleep patterns, but can help improve your health in general. Walking around a 53’ trailer 32 times is the equivalent to walking one mile.
Here are the guidelines from the CDC for improving overall health and decreasing the risk of chronic diseases: CDC Guidelines
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