Wellness Set To Become Part Of TCA's National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

The Truckload Carriers Association is adding new concepts to their annual efforts to support drivers during the National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. A new focus on wellness has been added to the event. This will translate into a range of health lectures, fairs and celebrity endorsements. All of these efforts will aim to encourage better diets and more exercise for truck drivers. Drivers will learn new ways to take control of their health without having to give up their livelihood. 12 Petro/Travel Centers of America locations will host the events on September 18th, from 3 to 8 pm.

Driving a truck requires a lot of sedentary behavior, but drivers have unique opportunities to increase exercise. The TCA hopes to encourage healthier choices when on the road and between trips. Numerous affordable and fun activities will be highlighted at the events. All of them were chosen for their compatibility with the full-time driving lifestyle. The range of free or inexpensive resources available to drivers will also be covered during the event. Drivers can request help with their health-related concerns from a variety of professionals.

The events will kick off with a general health fair from 3 to 6 pm. Experts will talk about subjects like losing weight while driving, better nutrition when on the go and tips for preventing heart disease and sleep apnea. Drivers can receive free blood pressure and glucose screenings to catch minor issues before they become chronic diseases. The StayFit gyms at all 12 locations will also be open for touring. Drivers can take advantage of these locations when traveling for exercise that doesn't interfere with their schedule. Free snacks will be available for everyone who attends. There are over 40 of these gyms located around the country, making it easy for drivers to burn a few calories no matter where they are stopped.

After the health fairs end, celebrities, office workers from each fleet and the other attendees will enjoy a walk together. Each StayFit gym includes a walking trail that ranges from 1 to 3 miles in length. Recording artist Lindsey Lawler and radio host Dave Nemo will be on hand in Antioch, TN, while “Cheers” star John Ratzenberger will strolls with drivers who stop in Ontario East, CA. These celebrities will dispense their own tips for staying healthy and fit while pursuing such a demanding career.

Later in the month the TCA will host the “Ditch the Pack” event to encourage drivers to quit smoking for at least 24 hours. Smoking can increase the chances of complications and chronic diseases from obesity, making it an even bigger threat to drivers with a sedentary lifestyle. This event will occur on September 20th.

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