Archive for the ‘Health Awareness’ Category

January 7th, 2015

shutterstock_228944185Happy 2015! The New Year is officially upon us, which means it’s the season for resolutions. New Years resolutions can range from losing weight and eating healthy to running a marathon or improved listening skills — the possibilities are endless. Check out some of our drivers’ and employees’ resolutions for bettering themselves in 2015.

  • Jeff Beckman: To continue to operate safely, compliantly, efficiently and on time.
  • Mary Berg:  Stop eating out and try to force myself to cook.
  • Katlin Owens: My resolution is to improve my posture — while I am driving and otherwise!
  • Kevin Dietrich: To stay off the ice.
  • Tim Hicks: I am going to listen, ask “Why?” and not be defensive in conversations.
  • Robert Miller: To eat healthy for longer than my resolution last year. I have to make it to noon today to beat my previous record…
  • Jeff Thurlow: Better miles and to be more active on down time.
  • Bill Joslin: Bicycling, it is better exercise than walking because I have a tendency to slow my pace walking.

It’s great to know we have employees who are aware of their safety and health. Want to share your New Year’s resolution? Join our conversation on Facebook.

 

December 18th, 2014

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Let’s face it – this time of year is all about deliciously rich desserts. From holiday cookies to assorted pies, it’s tough to stay healthy when you’re surrounded by tasty, calorie-filled treats. The following recipe helps solve that problem. Introducing Festive Baked Pears, a dessert that is easy to make and lets you have your dessert and eat it too!

Ingredients:

  • 2 large Bosc pears
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or dried mixed fruit (such as Sun-Maid Fruit Bits)
  • 1/4 cup low-fat granola
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup vanilla low-fat frozen yogurt, divided into 4 small scoops

Preparation:

  • Peel pears and cut them in half lengthwise.
  • Use a melon baller or grapefruit spoon to remove the cores and seeds.
  • Place pear halves, with cut sides up, in a glass pie plate.
  • Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl; sprinkle evenly over pears.
  • Combine cranberries and granola in another small bowl.
  • Scoop the mixture into hollows of the pear halves.
  • Pour the apple juice in and around pear halves and cover the dish loosely with wax paper.
  • Cook the pears in microwave on HIGH 6-8 minutes or until the pears are tender when pierced with a knife.
  • Let stand in the dish 5 minutes, and then use a large slotted spoon to transfer the pears to serving plates.
  • Drizzle the leftover juice in pie plate over pears and serve them with frozen yogurt.

This recipe will take you only five minutes to make, and promises to impress while satisfying your holiday sweet tooth!

 

November 5th, 2014

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Every November 5th, the American Heart Association celebrates National Eating Healthy Day. This is a day on which we are reminded of all the healthy habits we should be paying attention to on a daily basis.

We all lead busy lives and at times we’re guilty of sacrificing healthy eating habits to purely convenient ones. National Eating Healthy Day is the perfect time to take a good hard look at the foods we consume and how a few simple changes can be the first step toward a healthier lifestyle.

To achieve this, education is key. Start by learning exactly how many calories you should be consuming daily to maintain your current weight. You can easily calculate your recommended intake by clicking here. Next, keep a chart that lists caloric content for the foods you plan to eat. See to it that you don’t eat more calories than you burn each day.

Ask yourself, “Why am I eating this?” The answer shouldn’t be simply to fill up. Even though you’re eating plenty of food, you may not be giving your body the nutrients it needs. Eating nutrient-rich foods that contain vitamins, minerals and fiber can help control weight and lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

This may seem difficult – almost overwhelming even – when you’re on the road. Here are a few simple suggestions to help you along the path to better food choices:

1)   Steer clear of vending machines when you make a pit stop. Instead of salty chips, candy bars, sweetened beverages or carb-laden snack pastries, carry a cooler along with you packed with fruit, veggies and whole grain snacks.

2)   Before ordering in a restaurant, check the menu for nutrition information and healthy options. A chef salad with fresh vegetables, cheese and lean meats provides a variety of nutrients while avoiding hydrogenated vegetable oils and trans fats. Also, choose your dressing wisely and always ask for it on the side.

3)   “Snacking” isn’t a dirty word when done in moderation. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a variety of fruits, fresh, dried or unsweetened canned. Need something a bit more substantial? Whole-grain breads or bagels, sunflower seeds, nuts, and low-fat cheese are satisfying and delicious. Wash it all down with water, fat-free milk, low-sodium vegetable juice or any unsweetened fruit juices.

4)   Finally, try for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a minimum of every other day — every day if possible. We have some excellent resources for activity ideas in past blog posts.

Remember, there is one thing you can always take on the road with you — your willpower. Until next time, drive safe and drive healthy, and if you would like to share your healthy eating tips, join the conversation on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ConwayTruckload