Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Truck drivers on a quest to shape up

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Truck drivers are integral to the daily economic activity in the world's largest economy. But, the downside to all that driving on all those interstates is the stationary position most truck drivers are in for hours at a time. Good for circulation? Not at all.

Obesity is rampant in the truck driving industry precisely because of the lack of movement and the stationary seating position. Add to that the fact that truck drivers account for 15% of work-related deaths in the U.S., and being a truck driver does not appear to be very healthy.

Some are fighting back as well, including both drivers and the companies that employ them. With health care costs spinning higher and higher every year, both of these groups have an incentive to make truck drivers get regular exercise and find ways to begin healthy habits while still providing the critical services for the nation's transportation network.

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