Off the cuff articles about health
The fallacy of exercise - a series.
This will be an open article and basically an opinion that will try to answer a few items on my mind about our health and how it is addressed in the transportation industry.
Over the last 73 years I have seen a lot, even thou the last 30 years have confused me the most, I find the last 10 make me scratch my head a lot. I could start with all the political jargon, but that’s already being covered by far smarter then I. I therefore want to talk about something that we see more and more information on but know less and less about and that is exercise or the fallacy of it.
I work in the transportation industry and have been for over 45 years. I have seen a lot of things start and stop when it comes to ideas on how to make our industry better. The one I’ll talk about today is truck driver’s health.
Over the last 10 to 15 years I have seen companies spend some serious coin on programs to get drivers healthy most of them expecting a great return on their investment. Out of all the groups most have not lasted more than 2 years. I also know a lot of companies that have spent about $100 a month per driver to help them get healthy. What happened to them and why did their programs fail and why is it that over 75% of the drivers today will either fail their next DOT exam or have a major health issue to deal with?
Could it be were not getting the correct message out there or the message is being delivered by unqualified people that call themselves “trainers” or we just don’t care enough about our health?
I’ll try to address all three concerns one by one over the next few articles.What is the correct message?
Supplements --- Liquid, Powder or pill.
For a billion-dollar business you would think it would have a lot more government regulation attached to it somewhere. Well there is very little or none. The government and the consumer have very little knowledge of what is in the potion you buy. It’s the companies trade secret they say. Very few if any testing cycles are done to see if the quality is even there.
Well in my humble opinion you will not see a jenny craig or weigh watcher advertising campaign telling you that eating healthy will work the same way. Maybe you eating that good food will not make them a 100 million in sales this year and have them telling you the truth about how many will really loss all that fat if they use their product. I guess they forget to tell you to read the very fine print on the bottom of the program. There are a few magic words there sometimes, one starts with the letter “E”.