Based on statistics gathered from the CDC (Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention), chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer are the most prevalent diseases in the United States. Most of these diseases can be prevented and managed but are attributed to a lack of early health screening, poor choices in diet, alcohol/tobacco use, and little physical activity.

The American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation suggests several important tests that can benefit employee/driver’s health. We have found in our work with drivers that several of them can also help ensure passing the driver DOT physical exam as well.

Blood Pressure Screening – A basic test but very important since high blood pressure is prevalent amongst a high percentage of individuals especially drivers. When it comes to hypertension, early detection is key to reducing the risk of heart disease. Keeping blood pressure under control year round is also an excellent way to ensure passing the DOT physical exam when it comes due.

Cholesterol Screening – Cholesterol screenings are essential since high cholesterol is very common and elevated levels may directly link to poor dietary choices and limited physical activity.

Diabetes Screening – Pre-diabetes often develops 10 years prior to the development of Type 2 diabetes. With Type 2 diabetes continuing to rise, a regular glucose test can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by providing the necessary information to help motivate lifestyle change.

Colon Cancer Screening – A colonoscopy is a test conducted to look in the colon for abnormalities and polyps and is recommended for people 50 years of age and older. This test is especially important for men and those that are inactive and sit for long periods of time.

Vascular Disease Screening – Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) occurs when the large and medium-sized arteries supplying blood to the legs become clogged which reduces the flow of blood throughout the extremity. PAD is directly related to atherosclerosis (high cholesterol), a gradual process of cholesterol and scar tissue build up which forms a substance called plaque that clogs the artery.

Company-wide health promotion and wellness coaching platforms can motivate drivers and workers to get health screenings and take small steps to make lifestyle improvements that will benefit their health. Wellness ambassadors within the organization are also helpful in increasing participation in health and wellness programs and the promotion of regular screenings. Blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings are very easy to do onsite.

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Bob Perry

Bob Perry is on a mission to educate drivers and share life-changing products and services to help professional drivers while on the road. Recognized as the Trucker Trainer™ by professional drivers nationwide, Bob brings a unique perspective to the transportation industry. As the President of Rolling Strong™, Bob provides the transportation companies and drivers and owner operators with in-terminal and on the road wellness programs.

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