Hurricane Irma is the strongest hurricane ever to hit Florida and the Caribbean. The hurricane has left behind catastrophic devastation, starting what could become a complex, multi-country relief and recovery effort. This follows closely on the heels of the historic devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

Our thoughts are with any in the CFI family directly impacted by these storms, and we are following our established disaster protocols to track anyone affected.

 

 

TFI International donates additional $250,000 to hurricane relief

 

We have been humbled to see the outpouring of support by individuals within the CFI family and by our parent company TFI International in the aftermath of each storm. For both Hurricane Harvey and Irma, TFI International has pledged $250,000 to relief efforts for a total $500,000 donation. CFI will be completing in-kind transportation of donations as part of relief efforts.

It is important that we continue to come together to help mitigate the terrible consequences of these events and we will continue to assist with recovery efforts. You can read about some of the ongoing work happening here and here. Employees are also encouraged to donate on an individual level to the Red Cross. Hurricane Irma Red Cross donations are now being collected here.

National Driver Appreciation Week

Written by: on September 7th, 2017

Did you know that there are 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States?

In fact, one in every 15 working Americans is employed by the trucking industry according to the American Trucking Associations. The food in your fridge, the furniture you sit on and the car you drive were all delivered on trucks.

National Driver Appreciation Week is September 10-16th and we encourage you to choose an activity below to show professional drivers everywhere that they are appreciated!

Pay it forward. Do you know those stories about someone in a drive-thru window paying it forward? You can do the same thing at a truck stop. Whether it’s coffee or a lunch, small gestures can have a big impact.

Witness a good deed? Pass it along! We’re quick to share negative experiences, yet a positive interaction can sometimes go unrecognized. Did you see a driver avoid an accident due to safe driving or are you a customer who had a positive experience with one of our drivers? Tell us!

Advocate for infrastructure improvements. Trucks move America forward, without them grocery store shelves would be empty in less than a week. Write, call or email your legislator asking for them to invest in our infrastructure to help keep our roads safe for drivers everywhere.

Practice safe driving habits on the highway around trucks. Avoid distracted driving, obey road signs and don’t hang out in their blind spot. Distracted driving puts so much more at risk than just yourself.

Say thank you. Most drivers spend weeks away from their family missing birthdays and holidays. Whether it’s a family member or friend send them a quick note letting them know you appreciate their sacrifice.

Share what you’re doing on social media and use the hashtags #CFISaysThanks and #ThankATrucker to help spread the message.

Whether you were hired/contracted with us yesterday or closing in on 40 years of service, CFI thanks you for the difficult job you complete day in and day out.

The great calorie deficit

Written by: on August 24th, 2017

Those of us deep in the trenches of a weight loss battle are well aware that to achieve the goal of a healthy lifestyle, it will require getting out of our comfort zone primarily adding an activity into your schedule. The career of a professional driver brings its own set of challenges.  Let’s say, you belong to those who have committed to making a change.  In spite of the odd schedule you keep, you’ve masterfully incorporated into your day a 20 – 30 minute time slot either before or after delivering.  You are consistent and get in a bit of exercise.  You are a member of the few who have made the commitment and are quite proud of this positive change in your life.

It has been a solid two months and you are feeling great and are frankly amazed that you’ve stuck to it this long. However, the pride you feel is clouded by a bit of frustration. It is only human to be impatient. As rational individuals, we did not expect our weight to start dropping the first week or two, but surely after two months? It appears as if you’ve only dropped the same couple of pounds which seem to fluctuate up and down. Coincidentally, you begin to feel better. You have more energy and your sleep is better. So, what gives? Why am I not losing weight?

Fact: While exercise helps tremendously with your health journey, it alone cannot do the job of losing it. The list of benefits you get from exercise is long, astonishing in fact, but to lose weight, we have to cut calories. No surprise right?

Understandably, your first impulse is to rationalize that consistent activity should now give you a pass to eat like you’ve always eaten and somehow things will sort themselves out…eventually. Admittedly, there are some people, who without changing their diet at all would, in theory, lose weight. These individuals would have to exercise a whole lot. As a driver, you’d be hard pressed to find the time to squeeze intense training of this sort into your day.

Michael Joyner, a Mayo Clinic researcher who studies how people respond to the stress of exercise, states: “The key for weight loss is to generate and maintain a calorie deficit,” he adds, “It’s pretty easy to get people to eat 1,000 calories less per day, but to get them to do 1,000 calories per day exercise – walking 10 miles – is daunting at many levels, including time and motivation.”

This is when educating yourself on how many calories are in your food selections is critical. For example, a single piece of chocolate cake is between 200 – 500 calories. Most people will burn roughly 100 calories for every mile of walking (with some variations). This gives you an idea how long it will take you to burn off that slice of cake.

The good news? The exercise you’re doing is singlehandedly the BEST thing you can do for yourself. You will improve your health in several ways.

It strengthens your heart and lungs. It reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, a collection of symptoms that include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.

Running strengthens your bones and muscles. Having strong bones prevents osteoporosis. We’ve all heard of older individuals breaking a hip. Strong bones comes from weight-bearing activities. Walking counts too, you can run when you feel up to it, but walking is great too.

Exercise lifts your mood and helps keep your thinking and judgment skills sharp. This is critical to the professional driver.

Exercise will help you live longer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who work out for about 7 hours a week have a 40% lower risk of dying early as compared to those who exercise less than 30 minutes a week.

The takeaway: Stay the course and exercise consistently. Begin to focus on a reduction of calories in your diet. Knowledge is power, download an app to help you track what you’re currently eating (like MyFitnessPal or Lose It). You will be surprised at the number of calories being consumed. In order to maintain your current weight, you have to continue to consume that same number of calories. Once you see what you are consuming, reduce that number by 500 and stay there for a week before coming down again. An average woman needs to eat about 2000 calories per day to maintain, and 1500 calories to lose one pound of weight per week. An average man needs 2500 calories to maintain, and 2000 to lose one pound of weight per week. Once again, multiple factors come into play, but you get the idea.

Congratulations on your commitment to improve your health. Stay the course. Never stop learning. Be patient and you will reap the rewards of your effort.