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Driver Wellness Tour 2014

Bob Perry and the Rolling Strong Coaches at GATS
Bob Perry and the Rolling Strong Coaches at GATS

At  GATS in Dallas TX, this year was the lead off to a major event that will be taking place for driver health and wellness.  Rolling Strong, along with Freightliner, and the Truckers Rolling Against Hepatits-C Campaign, had a driver wellness pavilion at GATS.  At this pavilion one could have their blood pressure, weight and BMI calculated.  Talk to a health coach about their fitness level, try out the FIT System,  take the Big Rigger Fitness Challenge.  As well as be screened to see if they had Hepatitis-C.

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Bob Perry demonstrating the FIT System

The first on the road event will be taking place in Carlisle, Pa at the Petro Stopping Center on U.S. 11. It will be on Sept. the 23rd, and run from 10-6.  Bob Perry the Trucker Trainer will be there to encourage drivers to see how many times they can press a tire. This event and tires is being sponsored by Michelin. The winner of this Big Rigger Fitness Challenge will get a FIT System for their truck.  As well as qualify for a chance to compete against Bob and other qualifiers at an event in California in December.

I tried the challenge at GATS.  Lets just say I did not come close to meeting the 100+ of the winner and will be looking to redeem myself on Tuesday.  Due to my schedule at GATS I was not able to do many of the screenings, so will be using this opportunity to make use of the FREE  tests.

Coach Mary Zirk With a contestant
Coach Mary Zirk With a contestant

There will be workout sessions with Rolling Strongs CDL Wellness Coaches.  Their Master Trainer Laura York has already threatened me with a personalized work out session. Freightliner will have a Cascadia there to show off a fully installed FIT System.  Lastly and hopefully not least,  there will be some cooking demonstrations to show how easy it is too cook on the truck.  These demonstrations at to be done by Tom Kyrk from Road Tested Living.  (Note cooking demonstration has only been scheduled for the Carlisle event)

Tom cooking on a truck
Tom cooking on a truck

I have been given a challenge.  To bring nothing but my kitchen gadgets, (hopefully a few spices will be allowed), and a roll of duct tape.  (No I am not cooking the Duct Tape.) From this I will have to go shopping inside the PETRO, and cook a meal, and snacks with just ingredients I find inside.  The duct tape is to tape off an area the size I work with in the truck to show how easy it can be.

It is always a good idea to have an idea of where you stand on your overall health picture such as BP, Weight, BMI etc.  Being on the road it can be a challenge to find places to have these screenings done.  When you have a group of people who set up an event for drivers that is FREE it is a win-win in my opinion.

An additional screening that is being offered is the Hep-C screening. One reason this is such a concern is Hepatitis-C can not show symptoms for as long as 20-40 years.  By the time symptoms show it can already have causes severe liver damage.  Early detection can lead to treatments that can prevent this damage.  Further more new treatments have been developed ot ensure drivers do no have to miss work.  Ora-Sure Technologies have developed a test that can show if you have been exposed to Hepatitis-C with a drop of blood in about 20 minutes.  AbbVie is a bio-pharmaceutical company that has worked to develop a treatment with fewer side effects than past treatments.  This allows people to maintain normal activities during treatment.

The reason Hepatitis-C should concern drivers is this.  Those of the baby boom generation (who make up a large part of trucking), are more likely to have Hepatitis-C.  This occurs for a number of reasons.  The main causes are lack of proper sterilization of needles, as well as shared ink, and blood transfusions in the past.  During the 1990’s as awareness of this disease and how it was spread grew. This allowed the development of methods to prevent its spread.  As a result due to test of blood, single use needles, and ink.  The spread rate from these sources has been greatly reduced.

There have been some preliminary studies that show Hepatitis-C may be more prevalent in drivers than in some other populations.  As a result of this OraSure, AbVie, along with the HTAA has developed the Truckers Rolling Against Hep-C campaign.  Rolling Strong and its partners are working with them to provides screening at the Rolling Strong Wellness events.  Those who obtain a positive result from the screening, medical personnel will be on hand to discuss options.

One of the contest winners with her FIT system.
One of the contest winners with her FIT system.

All in all this looks to be the start of a great driver focused health and wellness tour. Here is the current schedule of locations.  All events will be from 10-6 local time.

9/23 — Carlisle, PA, Petro Stopping Centers, I-81, Exit 52/I-76, Exit 226,                   1201 Harrisburg Ave, Route 11. Carlisle, PA 17013

10/7 — Bordentown, NJ, Petro Stopping Centers, I-295 Exit 57, NJ Turnpike, Exit 7
402 Rising Sun Rd, Bordentown, NJ 08505

11/4 — Tampa, FL, TravelCenters of America, I-4, Exit 10,off Mango Rd., 11706 Tampa Gateway Blvd. Tampa, FL 33584

12/2 — Ontario West, CA, TravelCenters of America I-10, Exit 57, Milliken Ave.       4265 East Guasti Road Ontario, CA 91761

More pictures, videos, and stories about these events to follow.

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A Twist and a Turn on Tuna Salad

Tuna Salad with Marinara Sauce and Black Olives
Tuna Salad with Marinara Sauce and Black Olives

Life much like travelling is full of twists turns and expected surprises.  Several years ago Bob Perry from Rolling Strong first told me of a simple way to make flavorful and lower calorie tuna salad by substituting marinara sauce. In my mind the thought of that combination had zero appeal.  It was not till this year I finally found the courage to try it.  To my pleasant surprise it was GOOD!!! Continue reading A Twist and a Turn on Tuna Salad

June Rolling Strong Newsletter

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It seems the last month the more I try to get caught up the further I get behind.  My thanks to my patient editor Diana for extending my deadline.  Enjoy the June Rolling Strong Newsletter with my recipe and column.  It was a team effort with Linda Caffee and myself as well as a few other drivers throwing in their input on a base recipe from Bob Perry.

Another take on Power Inverters

By:  Bob Caffee

Bob Caffee a Freightliner Team Run Smart Pro along with his wife Linda agreed to let me share this with my readers.  Bob a few weeks after my Watt’s an Inverter wrote this more technical piece.  Bob has spent years as a diesel mechanic as well as researching the best inverter for their purposes.  Thanks to him for this great article.

400 Watt inverter by Cobra
400 Watt inverter by Cobra

What is a power inverter? Power inverters are described as a device or circuit that changes direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC). Voltages, input and output are dependent upon the device in use. For our use we will be talking about an inverter that would be installed in a truck, voltage 12 DC in and 115 AC out. Continue reading Another take on Power Inverters

More than 1 Way to Skin a Grapefruit..

 

We have all heard of there is more than 1 way to skin a cat. Did you know there is more than 1 way to eat a grapefruit?

Most of us are used to the way it has been served for years. You sit down to a half of grapefruit where the sections have been loosened . Then you take a serrated spoon that looks suitable for use in digging a prison escape tunnel, and dig in. Hoping that the grapefruit does not retaliate with juice in your eye.

Grapefruit as many know can be a wonderful treat. Its tart juiciness makes it a delicious fruit to have. With it being low in calories it can also be a smart choice to have as a treat. This winter when grapefruit was on sale I found myself buying bags of it. I did not have the fancy grapefruit knives to cut it with nor the deadly spoon to attack it with. So I improvised, I peeled it.

  Yes I peeled it like an orange and then pulled the sections apart and ate it just like one. It was delicious and the mess was relatively minimal.. A win for any snack or meal you have on the truck. Especially when your dealing with something like grapefruit that has a reputation for squirting juice into your eye. It also gave the me the advantage of putting some of the sections into a plastic bag to save for later snack.

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As many drivers tend to do I was talking with my fellow road warriors one day and we were discussing things we snacked on while driving. I mentioned I eat grapefruit, the conversation stopped dead in its tracks. Everyone was boggled how you eat grapefruit on the truck while driving. I replied like an orange. At this point I thought the conversation was over and went to move on to the next topic. I was quickly disabused of that notion. The shock and horror of not having a grapefruit cut, sectioned, and sprinkled with a pinch of salt, sugar, or honey, was palpable. Add in the blasphemy of not using said lethal spoon or at least a spork to give the grapefruit a fighting chance to retaliate, amazed me.

 

Yes, I said a spork. A spork perhaps one of the most useless utensils known to mankind makes an excellent substitute for eating grapefruit. My friend Henry Albert from Freightliner’s Team Run Smart discovered this recently while having his breakfast. He was at a small diner and while waiting for his breakfast he decided to have a grapefruit with his meal. They did not have a proper grapefruit spoon and instead of using a fork and spraying juice all over he got the idea to use a spork. He found that the balance of the spoon with the tines made it for an ideal tool for eating his grapefruit. Another great example of Road Tested Living and Improvisation.

 

I am not sure who was more amazed. Myself over the fact we spent 5-10 minutes discussing the proper way to eat a grapefruit, or the other drivers in that I eat mine like an orange. Like many drivers and people in general they were skeptical. My dear friend Linda Caffee also a Team Run Smart Pro, decided to test my theory. In a recent conversation with this same group of drivers, she reminded us of the great grapefruit debate. With the appropriate solemnity the situation called for she announced the results of the grapefruit study. Without reservation she stated that there is only 1 way to eat a grapefruit…

 

So how do you eat you grapefruit?

 

 

 

 

 

Oh you want to know the results to Linda’s research?

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She said I was right it is best eaten like an orange.

Thank you Linda, your box of grapefruit is in the mail…

 

 

The Truth About Trucking Radio Show

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UPDATE!!!

To listen the the replay of the show click here.  It was a great show thank you Donna and Allen for having Mike, Rich and I on.

 

I have been asked to  join Hosts Donna and Allen Smith on their show The Truth About Trucking.  I will be joining drivers Michael Adams of TruckinFitness and Rich Chelton as we discuss health issues drivers face and ways to overcome them.  It will be tonight  Thursday June 5th at 6pm Eastern on blogtalk radio.  To join in and get more information on the show topics click here.  You can also call in to participate at (347) 826-9170. Continue reading The Truth About Trucking Radio Show

Whole Mustard Coated Pork Chops.

Whole  Mustard Coated Pork Chops with Asparagus and Cabbage Salad with Walnuts and Red Onion
Whole Mustard Coated Pork Chops with Asparagus and Cabbage Salad

Here is this month’s recipe I did for the Rolling Strong Newsletter.  I am especially proud of this month’s recipe.  On a recent visit to my mother I got the opportunity to make this for her for the first time.  As mom has gotten older her tastes have changed and many of her favorite foods she no longer enjoys.  I was thrilled that she loved both the chops as well as the cabbage salad.  She even asked for some seconds which is very rare for her!!! Continue reading Whole Mustard Coated Pork Chops.

Cab Cooking with Linda

Linda Caffee
Linda Caffee

Here is another video from my friend Linda Caffee a Freightliner Team Run Smart Pro.  She shows a great way to make bean soup using a Rice Cooker on the truck.  Best of all she shows a simple way to make clean up a snap.

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Fresh Grape Juice

Grape Juice Made on the Truck A Cab Cooking Video from Linda Caffee.  Linda Caffee from Freightliner’s Team Run Smart shows a simple way to make fresh grape juice on the truck.  As simple as her recipe for the grape juice is clean up is even easier!!!