Lee Robertson, 56, of Kansas City, is hauling a load destined for small shops and convenience stores across the country. He’s not alone.
The truck driving industry is overwhelmingly unhealthy to it’s participants. A study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveals, “More than half of long-haul truck drivers reported having two or more of these health conditions or unhealthy behaviors: high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, limited physical activity, high cholesterol, or fewer than 6 hours of sleep. These factors increase the chance of developing preventable, long-lasting diseases.” With this knowledge, HTAA routinely reviews and post news articles related to Truckers health in an effort to better inform you.
While much is unknown about the novel coronavirus spreading throughout China and other parts of the world, there have been no reports as yet of the virus spreading by living on surfaces, such as freight and shipping containers coming from China.
The mental health of truck drivers remains one of my biggest concerns. Ten years ago, I first wrote about what I thought was a monster issue hiding just below the surface of daily trucking life. “Hiding” was the key word there, and it still is.
Have you thought about your resolutions for the new year? This year, put healthy living at the top of your list.
Dr. Juliana Simonetti says “Obesity has long been seen as a choice. “Just go home, diet and exercise,” patients are told, but that won’t solve it, she says. “Each patient has unique needs and circumstances.”