Archive for February, 2014

New Name, New look

By Jena Williams

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Winter Olympics in Trucking?

By Jena Williams

Do you ever feel that you could medal in what you do, especially considering the time you accomplish it in? Should there be an award for the best in tarping or the loader with the most flair? You battle the cold and often times the ice. After years of training, what about a gold in tire chaining?

While not as coveted as gold, silver or even bronze, getting home safely at the end of the day truly has its rewards. And we at KeepTruckingSafe.org hope to help you get there by providing safety training on a variety of topics for trucking.

Whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran, you can never stop training if you want to stay on top of your game.

Training tools for truckers: www.KeepTruckingSafe.org

Since Friday is Valentine’s Day it seems appropriate to talk about hearts…

By Jena Williams

Okay, maybe not the frilly, paper ones, but instead the one that’s beat, beat, beating inside your chest.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, but heart disease is preventable and controllable.”

Trivia Test – Who dies more often of heart disease – Men or Women?

If you guessed women, then you’d be correct. Heart disease is a little sneakier in women because their symptoms are harder to diagnose.  Since women’s symptoms aren’t the classic intense pain and pressure in the chest that men often experience, they need to be even more proactive in addressing heart disease prevention.

So what can you do to prevent heart disease? Since stress can contribute to poor health in general, let’s not add to it by a long list of changes that you must make TODAY. We all know that would be impossible anyway, but I think we’re all capable of committing (and sticking to) one small change to improve our health.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • If you are already exercising, spice it up with something new. Add 5 squats or lunges. Find new music. Or plank for an extra count to 10.
  • If you’re not exercising, then commit to parking at the furthest spot in the lot to add a few steps to your day.
  • Add one fruit or vegetable to your daily intake. Try a new fruit or vegetable (like persimmons, my current favorite.)
  • If you smoke, try smoking one less cigarette each day for a week, then two less, etc. You can do this!
  • Eat dark chocolate. Seriously! It’s an antioxidant and it lowers blood pressure!* Woohoo!

Will you share changes you’ve made in the comments?

So celebrate American Heart Month in February by taking care of yours so it’ll continue to beat, beat, beat.

Strategies from the Mayo Clinic to prevent heart disease: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/heart-disease-prevention/ART-20046502

Link to information from the Mayo Clinic on heart disease in women: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/heart-disease/ART-20046167/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=housecall&pubDate=02%2f05%2f2014&7394517=1&pg=1

Link to information from the Mayo Clinic on disease prevention for men: http://www.mayoclinic.org/mens-health/ART-20047764

Link to CDC’s information on American Heart Month: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/HeartMonth/

*E-gah!! Here’s the fine print about eating in moderation and balancing your calories out so you don’t gain weight. (You knew it was coming, right?) More on benefits of dark chocolate: http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20030827/dark-chocolate-is-healthy-chocolate

Feeling Stressed?

By Jena Williams

Exercise might be the best medicine. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can act as a stress reliever.” That means that even a 10-minute walk listening to music on your MP3 player can help you feel better.

Is it really that simple? Sure, why not!

If you get intimidated when you hear the word “exercise,” you are not alone. According the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics only 16% of the US population ages 15 and over participate in a sport or exercise on an average day. That means 84% of us can improve our health, whether physical or emotional, by just committing to a small amount of additional movement each day.

Remember the movie What about Bob? One of the main characters, Bob Wiley, was a man of many phobias, one of them likely agoraphobia which is characterized by a fear of leaving the house. Bob coached himself to leave his apartment and to get in the elevator with “baby steps.”  I think we can do that too. Exercise does not need to be a commitment to the gym or to running a 5k. It can be a 10-minute stroll around a building or your truck to release the stress of the day.

Baby steps are a great place to start.

Link to Mayo Clinic article: http://www.mayoclinic.org/exercise-and-stress/ART-20044469?pg=1