TRUCKERS' HEALTH * USA: Twenty-nine truck drivers lost an average of 7.8 pounds
* DC - Feds spend $2.6 million to help truckers lose weight
-- The National Institutes for Health has spent over $2.6 million since 2011 on a program to motivate truck drivers to lose weight... The Oregon Health and Science University is conducting the program which sets up a weight-loss competition for truckers. Participants also get access to interactive health screenings, weight tips and motivational phone calls while they drive... According to the grant description, long-haul truck drivers have overweight and obesity rates almost 20 percent higher than the general population and published results from the ongoing study suggest that trucker obesity can lead to accidents behind the wheel... Truckers in the program record their weight and behavior every week and can receive free health screenings and win lottery prizes, the SHIFT website states... Twenty-nine truck drivers participated in the pilot study, according to the 2014 paper, and lost an average of 7.8 pounds, or “roughly 1 BMI unit,” in six months...
(Photo from Flickr: Truckers' camaraderie) -- Washington, DC, USA - The Washington Times, by Kellan Howell - July 29, 2015
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