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Being Healthy on the Road!

Summer time is often a time for travel and a time where many of us are on the go and on the road. This means health and fitness are the first things that go out the window. While this may be a challenge for us during the summer, this is a common challenge for truck drivers as they are on the road 365 days a year. The DRIVE FIT training emerged out of the drivers asking for it.  This is an example of how data and analytics collected in real-time from training can inform the design and topics of training. This helps make training meaningful and relevant to the end users. Instead of eyes rolling because they have to do training, drivers now ask for it.  

Like most health and wellness training, the DRIVE FIT training was written by content experts in the health and wellness industry. However, this training is different because it focuses on topics that the drivers ask for. Each month, new topics are released and are integrated with the Stay Metrics rewards platform. The topics are relevant and up-to-date.  

One topic that is of great interest is to the drivers is what to eat on the road. We all know that we should eat fruits and vegetables, but the reality is that most people are conditioned to stop at Arby’s rather than finding a grocery store.  In one of our eNuggets, we walk the drivers through step-by-step how to choose healthier meal options. Let’s see how you do. 

Guide for Choosing Healthier Meal Options 

  1. Your body needs between 2,000-2,700 calories per day depending on your height, weight, gender, age, and muscle mass.
  2. Try to stay between 500 and 700 calories per meal and under 25 grams of fat per meal.
  3. Choose the size of food you will order. Pay attention to size. Use the key words to help you decipher the size, if the size is not clear. A good example is on Arby’s menu you will see a roast beef classic, a roast beef double, and a roast beef half pound.  The smallest size will be the closest to 1 portion. Often the smallest sizes are now multiple portion sizes. Many times 1 main item can be multiple servings. 
  4. Pick a main item.
  5. Pick a side.
  6. Pick a drink. (Try water or tea. These will be less calories. Also, soft drinks and juice will contain more sugar and will not actually quench your thirst or increase your energy levels).
  7. Add up the calories.
  8. Look at the total amount of fat and fat calories.
  9. Look at the overall total calories.
  10. The overall fat and fat calories AND the overall total calories should be reasonable.

 

Which meal to do think would be a better choice?  

We are not recommending that you eat at McDonalds, but if you do, you should try to make the best possible choices.

Look at the McDonalds menu. You are deciding between the three meals. Which meal would be a better choice?

  1. buttermilk crispy chicken sandwich, side salad, medium unsweet tea
  2. bacon ranch salad with buttermilk crispy chicken and small strawberry banana smoothie
  3. southwest grilled chicken salad, side order of cuties, and McCafe mango pineapple smoothie

The first choice would be the best choice of these three options because the overall calories and the total amount of fat and fat calories are the lowest of the three.

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