Healthy Fleet Challenge 2017

Written by: on May 5th, 2017

Do you have some health goals you are working on reaching this year? CFI will be participating in the  Healthy Fleet Challenge sponsored by Healthy Trucker. This challenge is app based and will run May 1st – June 30th.

The challenge is free for you to join, all you have to do is download the app in either the Apple App Store or the Android Play Store. It will be available shortly before the challenge begins.

To participate, you’ll post your meals and exercise, and you’ll see what everyone on your team is doing as well, and you’ll be able to interact with each other right within the app. If you prefer, you can keep your posts private but still participate along with your team.

The challenge will run May 1- June 30th.

This new challenge follows the most recent one that took place in January and February of this year, where participants lost a total of 579 pounds. Below is some of the feedback from the last Healthy Fleet Challenge:

  • 96.4% are eating better
  • 93.8% are exercising more
  • 78.1% are feeling better
  • 71.6% are sleeping better
  • 95.2% are happy that their fleet encouraged them to participateThe app features:Coaching Feed: expert tips on nutrition and exercise to help participants live a healthier lifestyle.

    Goal Setting: participants can set goals for themselves, including feeling better, building muscle, weight loss, improving sleep, & more.

For more information visit http://www.healthyfleet.com/current-challenge/.

 

 

In 2015 reported crashes involving cellphones increased by 16%. In fact, cellphones contributed to 2,237 crashes in Missouri. That is 2,237 different times that drivers chose to split their attention between driving and another activity. Distracted driving crashes are 100% preventable.

According to safety experts there are three types of distractions.

Manual

These are the type of distractions where you move your hands away from the task of the controlling the vehicle. Eating, answering the phone, grabbing your atlas these type of activities physically you require to let go of the steering wheel to get something.

Visual

As you might guess these distractions take your focus away from the road. Looking to grab your drink or looking down to adjust the radio are a couple of examples.

Cognitive

When your mind wanders from the task of driving and you begin to daydream, you are experiencing a cognitive distraction. When you think of how many miles you have for the week and find yourself doing a mental budget of bills due and where you would want to go on vacation you aren’t focusing on the road, the cars or trucks around you or what looks like heavy rain ahead.

 

The dangers of using cell phones are the consequences arising from its use, typically all three types of distractions listed above. In a recent survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, over 90 percent of drivers recognized the danger from cell phone distractions, but 35 percent of those same people admitted to having read or sent an email or text message.

Driving is the event. Talk to your family and friends about distracted driving and what they should do to avoid it. Using the SMITH system, planning your trip thoroughly and making sure you have enough rest are a few ways to prevent distractions behind the wheel.

For more information, visit http://www.enddd.org.

Unplug, unwind

Written by: on April 10th, 2017

In an increasingly technology driven society it has become important to unplug and take time off of our mobile devices. Every day our professional drivers and those across the industry depend on technology to perform their job. Technology in itself is not a bad thing. It allows us to have 24/7 access to information and helps us stay connected to our families when we are unable to be there physically. The problem is how much and often we use it.

According to the Huffington Post, 67% of cell phone owners check their phone for messages, alerts or calls – even when they don’t notice their phone ringing or vibrating. Another study found that mobile device owners check their devices every 6.5 minutes. There are proven benefits to taking time off and “unplugging” from our phones and other electronic devices.

Increased quality of sleep

Research suggests that the blue light from our computer, phone and tablet screens makes it difficult for our bodies to fall asleep due to reduced serotonin levels. Serotonin is known as the “sleep hormone” and reduced levels can have an impact on your ability to fall and stay asleep. They suggest that the best practice is to disconnect before bed, rather than falling asleep looking at our phones.

Improved time management skills

How many of us have spent hours watching TV or searching the internet without realizing it? Whenever we are not glued to our devices, we are able to focus 100% of our attention on the task at hand. Take your 10 hour break for example. In those 10 short hours you might want to eat a quick bite, do laundry, get up and stretch since you’ve been sitting so long, call a friend or FaceTime your family and you can’t forget you will also need to get some sleep so you’re ready to drive after your break is up. If you spend two hours watching a movie instead of doing more important things then something on your list is going to suffer. Setting boundaries on the amount of time you spend on your device will help you prioritize what you need to get done and help you maximize the time you have available.

Improved health and posture

Unfortunately, professional drivers do not a have the luxury to stop frequently and get out to stretch. This means that is even more important to utilize the opportunities to get out and be active. Prolonged sitting can lead to posture problems, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and more. It is good for your body and mind to put the phone down and get some fresh air. Whether it’s choosing a parking spot further away so you have longer to walk or even walking around your truck a few times, it is important to have some type of physical activity as a part of your daily routine. While technology can assist in maintaining a healthy lifestyle the trick is to recognize when it is actually helping and when it is hurting.

 

Just like with anything, moderation is the key! Try giving yourself 30 minutes to wind down from the day technology-free. Reading a book or doing yoga before bed can help increase the quality of your sleep and even help you fall asleep faster.