Archive for the ‘Health Awareness’ Category

June 15th, 2015

 

Well drivers, it is finally summer. The sun is out and temperatures are rising across the country. This is great news. This means no run-ins with blizzards or patches of ice. But, it does mean that staying safe and healthy in the heat and the sun become top priorities.

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It is important to remember how harmful exposure to the sun can be. It doesn’t matter where or how you get a sunburn or tan; working in the yard, playing golf, laying outside or in a tanning bed, even just resting your arm on the driver’s side door while you are working. It’s bad news. Tans and sunburns are caused by harmful UV radiation from the sun. If you have a tan, you have damaged skin cells; it’s as simple as that.

This damage can lead to premature aging of your skin in the form of wrinkles, brown spots and sagging, or lax skin. And of course, overexposure to the sun may cause melanoma, a type of skin cancer. Studies show that over the past 40 years, cases of melanoma among people ages 18 to 39 have increased by 800 percent in women and 400 percent in men.

People at the greatest risk of overexposure are those who live in sunny climates or high altitudes, those whose jobs or favorite activities require them to spend significant amounts of time outdoors, a history of blistering sunburns as a child and, worst of all, repeated use of indoor tanning beds.

Happily, as in most things, a little common sense goes a long way. Skin damage from overexposure to UV rays can be prevented. Here are some tips to help you enjoy the warm weather without feeling the need to wrap yourself in a cocoon.

  1. Use a sunscreen that has been proven effective. Pick a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UV-A and UV-B rays and that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. And remember, the number here relates to the amount of time you may go between applications. A sunscreen with a protection factor of 15 blocks over 90 percent of the harmful UV rays, but would need to be reapplied more often than one with a factor of, say 100.
  2. Be sure to apply enough sunscreen — an ounce (about a handful) is generally enough to cover most exposed areas of your body. Use more if you want but don’t skimp! Apply it thoroughly and thickly.
  3. Be sure to cover all exposed skin. Get the backs of your ears, your shoulders and back, and the backs of your knees and legs. Avoid getting sunscreen in your eyes.
  4. If you plan on swimming (or sweating) look for a brand of sunscreen that is waterproof. Reapply as needed.
  5. Pay attention to the expiration date. The ingredients in sunscreen degrade over time.

These few simple steps can help you enjoy a safe, healthy summer, so apply that sunscreen and get out there and enjoy the beautiful summer weather as much as you can. And remember, just because you are in the cab of a truck, doesn’t mean you are necessarily safe from rays. Lather up!

 

 

April 27th, 2015

At Con-way Truckload, one of our top priorities is the health and safety of our employees, which is why we created our tobacco cessation program – a support system which encourages our employees to quit smoking once and for all. Every month, the program grows in success as our employees align in their journey to quit smoking. Last month alone, six new Con-way Truckload employees joined the program and one employee officially quit smoking!

Consider this: 

  • Smoking increases the risk of lung cancer by 25.7 times
  • Tobacco causes gingivitis and periodontitis
  • Smoking increases the risk of having a stroke and developing deadly cardiovascular disease
  • When cigarettes burn, you inhale more than 7,000 chemicals into your body
  • Smoking can affect your mental health

 

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In short – Smoking leads to disease, disability and harms almost every organ in your body.

If you are an employee considering quitting smoking, join Con-way Truckload’s smoking cessation wellness program through TrestleTree. We are here to help keep you healthy. Please call 866-316-4636 for more information or to enroll today.

Do you or someone you know have plans for a smoke-free future? Share your story with us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ConwayTruckload.

 

March 30th, 2015

Andrea and Jai Steward, a married couple and a Con-way Truckload company team have decided to let us in on a little secret: how they stay fit and flexible by working out for less than 20 minutes each day on the road.

Something that many professional truck drivers struggle with is finding the time/space/energy to exercise while working. We offer many tips, recommendations and workout styles to those of you who read Steering Your Health, but one piece of travel-friendly equipment we hadn’t yet heard of is called the Bellicon. The Bellicon looks and acts like a mini trampoline. It is referred to as a “rebounder.”  It is easy to store in your cab and the Steward’s are already seeing results, as they explain in the video below. Check it out:

 

 

The Bellicon, unlike other workout regimes, allows you to work most of the muscles in your body. It strengthens your legs and feet, tightens the muscles and skin in your face and grows your muscles. The Steward’s share that they have “bounced” in rest areas, truck stops, scenic overlooks, parking lots and “anywhere else we can find 39 inches to put up the Bellicon!”

Andrea and Jai share more stories from their life on the road on their website, www.LovinTruckin.com. They feature stories from the road, workout routines, recipes and some great recommendations. We highly recommend that anyone – a driver or not – follow their travels.

What do you think of the Bellicon? Is it something you would consider investing in? Share your own over-the-road fitness secret on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ConwayTruckload.