Going to GATS? Learn healthy habits at new Wellness Pavilion

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Staying healthy isn’t easy for truck drivers. Spending hours on the road behind the wheel can not only be mentally draining, but physically taxing as well.

To help truck drivers develop ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle, the 2015 Great American Trucking Show (GATS) features the Landstar Fit For the Road Health and Wellness Pavilion.

GATS is Aug. 27-29 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas.

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Pavilion subjects include everything from how to establish good hygiene habits on the road to demonstrations of simple recipes that drivers can prepare in their cabs. Each day drivers will have the opportunity to win prizes playing Landstar Jeopardy, where they will be tested on their health and trucking knowledge.

The pavilion is supported by Urgent Care Wellness, Melton Truck Lines and Progressive Commercial.

The schedule, which is subject to change, includes:

 Thursday, Aug. 27

12:30 – 12:55 p.m.: Hygiene

Good hygiene is about more than just smelling good. It’s about preventing serious illness and infection. Bob Perry, president, Rolling Strong

1 – 1:25 p.m.: Cooking Demo, brought to you by RoadPro® Family of Brands

A step-by-step demonstration of simple recipes you can prepare in your cab. Tom Kyrk, blogger, RoadTestedLiving.com

1:30 – 1:55 p.m.: Ride Strong, Live Long

Cycling for healthier, happier drivers. Taavi Rutishauser, driver health & safety promoter at Canadian American Transport

2 – 2:25 p.m.: Landstar Jeopardy Game Show

Contestants will compete for prizes as they are tested on health and trucking knowledge. Bob Bailey, marketing manager, Landstar Transportation Logistics.

2:30 – 2:55 p.m.: Cooking Demo, sponsored by RoadPro® Family of Brands

A step-by-step demonstration of simple recipes you can prepare in your cab using RoadPro’s 12-volt appliances. Tom Kyrk, blogger, RoadTestedLiving.com

3 – 3:25 p.m.: Progressive Commercial

3:30 – 4:25 p.m.: Food Preservation Round Table

A panel of drivers will discuss different methods of food preservation as well as ways to improve over-all food storage on the truck. Moderator: Molly McBride,RD,LD, corporate dietitian, The Kroger Co.

 Friday, Aug. 28

10:30 – 10:55 a.m.: Training on the Road

Learn about the formation of Truckin’ Runners and hear stories on how drivers get fit on the road through walking and running, as well as how they train on the road for races and events. Jeff Clark, founder & driver advocate, Truckin’ Runners

11 – 11:25 a.m.: Pump Up While You Fuel Up

How to maintain fitness without equipment and save time. Bob Perry, president, Rolling Strong

11:30 – 11:55 a.m.: Why Do Drivers Maintain Their Trucks and Not Their Health?

Why do drivers maintain their trucks? Because it extends the life of their trucks, it is much less expensive to do maintenance than to fix a broken part, and there are convenient locations to perform maintenance. What if there was a network of medical clinics that provided drivers with the same health, economic and convenience benefits? Mitch Strobin, vice president, service management, UrgentCareTravel

Noon – 12:25 p.m.: Life After Driving

Are you prepared to face the end of your driving career, whether due to retirement or an unexpected emergency? Learn tips on both planning for and dealing with leaving the driver’s seat for the last time. Jerry Fritz, president, American Overland Freight

12:30 – 1:25 p.m.: Cooking in the Truck Summit

Interactive discussion on ways drivers can cook on the road as well as the appliances they use and where to store them. Linda Caffee, Team Run Smart & Tom Kyrk, bloggers, RoadTestedLiving.com

1:30 – 1:55 p.m.: Pre-Diabetes: The Elephant in the Cab

Prevention and intervention ideas for diabetes. Chris Martinez, director of business development, Advanced Telehealth Solutions

2 – 2:25 p.m.: Guidelines for Physical Activity, brought to you by Melton Truck Lines

The American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) recommendations for physical activity will be discussed, as well as a demonstration of some bodyweight exercises specifically for the OTR driver. Bret Bringham, wellness manager, Melton Truck Lines

2:30 – 2:55 p.m.: Landstar Jeopardy Game Show

Contestants will compete for prizes as they are tested on health and trucking knowledge. Bob Bailey, marketing manager, Landstar Transportation Logistics.

3 – 3:25 p.m.: FIT System & FIT Stepper

Exercise in your cab – anytime, anywhere, and any place. Bob Perry, president, Rolling Strong

3:30 – 3:55 p.m. and 4 – 4:25 p.m. Cooking Demo, brought to you by RoadPro® Family of Brands 

A step-by-step demonstration of simple recipes you can prepare in your cab. Tom Kyrk, blogger, RoadTestedLiving.com

Saturday, Aug. 29

10:30 – 10:55 a.m.: Cooking Demo, brought to you by RoadPro® Family of Brands

A step-by-step demonstration of simple recipes you can prepare in your cab. Tom Kyrk, blogger, RoadTestedLiving.com

11 – 11:25 a.m.: 30-Day DOT Diet

Preparing for your upcoming DOT re-certification exam. Bob Perry, president, Rolling Strong

11:30 – 11:55 a.m.:   Cooking Demo, brought to you by RoadPro® Family of Brands

A step-by-step demonstration of simple recipes you can prepare in your cab using RoadPro’s 12-volt appliances. Tom Kyrk, blogger, RoadTestedLiving.com

Noon – 12:25 p.m.: Landstar Jeopardy Game Show

Contestants will compete for prizes as they are tested on health and trucking knowledge. Bob Bailey, marketing manager, Landstar Transportation Logistics.

12:30 – 1:25 p.m.: Eating Strategies on the Road

Driver panel will discuss different eating strategies they employ on the road and the reasons for those. This is not endorsing or condoning certain methods, but giving other drivers ideas so that they can choose what works best for them. Moderator: Wendy Parker, blogger, The George & Wendy Show on Overdrive

1:30 – 1:55 p.m.: Aid on the Road: The Misadventures of Jon Osbourne

Learn how drivers can help each other to get healthy on the road. The top items every driver should have in their first aid kit, and how programs such as the MERV can and have saved drivers’ lives. Jon Osbourne of Owner Operator Independent Driver Association

2 – 2:25 p.m.: Cooking Demo, brought to you by RoadPro® Family of Brands

A step-by-step demonstration of simple recipes you can prepare in your cab. Tom Kyrk, blogger, RoadTestedLiving.com

2:30 – 2:55 PM: How to Stock Your Cab Nutritionally

Having trouble making healthy choices? Learn how to make those choices by making them handy. Bob Perry, president, Rolling Strong

3 – 3:25 p.m.: Hope at the End of Your Rope

Driver and health advocate Ron Morton shares his experiences with trying to lose weight.