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Summer is nearly here, and so is the heat!  As hot as it is going to get, experienced drivers know that the temperatures on the road (and in your cab) can be even hotter! When the temperatures start to rise, it is smart to be mindful of the risks associated with the heat, as well as the steps you can take to ensure your own safety and the safety of the other drivers sharing the road with you.
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Over the past few months, we presented to you “A Driver’s Guide to Health” blog series covering six health topics for truck drivers. Although the series has come to an end, your journey to a healthy life should go on. So, we have a handy cheat sheet for you to take a peek at whenever you need a reminder. Here you can see the summaries and key points from each topic, and an infographic that you can save on your phone or print out.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define stress as “a reaction to a situation where a person feels threatened or anxious.” Working as a full-time truck driver can be stressful, but stress is a natural part of life, and it’s inevitable in all demographics. How you deal with it is an important part of taking care of your physical and emotional well-being.
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Admittedly, many of us have had a New Year’s resolution of losing weight. The reasons might be to live a healthy life or to look or feel great. But, many of us have also failed to reach the desired weight because it’s not easy to change the lifestyle and habits we’ve spent years developing.
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A study by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health** revealed that about 51% of long-haul truck drivers are smokers. For truck drivers who spend many hours at the wheel and away from home, the negative health effects of smoking can be especially dangerous.
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Stretching throughout the day can really make a difference and it can be done without much hassle. Here are quick and easy ways you can stretch your entire body without any equipment and without leaving your cab.
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For your emotional and physical well-being, optimal brain functioning, daytime performance, and safety of yourself and others around you, regular quality sleep is necessary. It is especially true for commercial truck drivers as they spend an extended period of time on the road.
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When you are on the road, it is often a struggle to find decent meals that are nutritious, filling, and inexpensive. You might also be tired of greasy and repetitious fast food.  There is a solution to help you end this struggle: Food Prep! By preparing meals and snacks in advance, you can, not only enjoy homecooked meals of your choice throughout the shift but also save money.
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Being on the road a lot can add many challenges to life, one of which is staying healthy. It can be all too easy to run through fast food restaurants...  
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