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2012 Healthy Trucking Summit

Jim McCormack

Trucking can be hazardous to your health. Along with road hazards, long hours, too much fast food and separation from home and family can take a toll on even the most experienced truckers. The Healthy Trucking Association of America wants to change all that. With the Fourth Annual HTAA Healthy Trucking Summit, held in Atlanta Georgia on April 24-26 2012, the HTAA brings together exhibitors and experts from the worlds of professional trucking and healthcare to help drivers stay healthier on and off the road.

The Summit, held at Atlanta’s Omni Hotel, offers information, products and contacts not only for trucking industry management but also drivers themselves and anyone concerned about the health issues facing today’s trucking professionals.

Professional truck drivers face numerous obstacles to good health. On the road, a lack of exercise, sitting for hours at a time, and eating unhealthy food are only a few factors that contribute to the rising incidence of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other lifestyle related diseases and conditions among truckers, who are likely to have no health insurance or convenient access to clinics.

Building on the success of previous events, the 2012 Summit supports the theme “Raising Awareness to TAKING ACTION” and features speakers and exhibits focusing on a variety of general health concerns, such as obesity and weight issues, sleep disorders, hypertension and diabetes. Presenters from leading health and wellness organizations will offer information aimed at maintaining good health overall, and especially on the job.

The HTAA points out that it was the first nationwide organization formed to address the lack of good health and healthy habits among professional truck drivers in the United States. The organization will use the 2012 Summit to launch a new campaign to raise awareness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and continues its efforts to improve the health of the nations truckers through health education and member benefits such as discount prescription cards and other health services.

The Healthy Trucking Summit also includes numerous exhibits and presentations aimed at fostering healthy behaviors and raising awareness of health risks. Exhibitions include demonstrations of ways to exercise on the road, how to eat nutritious meals, and reduce stress.

Keeping truckers healthy is important not only for the drivers themselves, but also for the trucking organizations that hire them, with reduced health care costs and a more efficient workforce. For that reason the Healthy Trucker Summit offers presentations and information aimed at representatives of the management and supervisory levels of the trucking industry as well.