These are some of the facts of truck driving life:
- There’s often not enough time to get the exercise you want and need
- Access to fresh, healthy food is improving but is still not great
- You spend most of your daily work life sitting
- It’s not unusual to have your sleep patterns disrupted
- Often about the only meal you can get while on the road is one you can eat as you drive
Here’s the other fact of that on the road routine: It’s not good for you.
In fact, two nutritionists say it’s killing you. They went so far as to write a book on the topic, and you can chat with them online later this month.
On Nov. 30, She Drives will host another of its online chats, this one with registered dietitians Sharon Madalis and April Rudat, co-authors of, “Truck Drivers: Stop Your Job From Killing You!,” which is subtitled, “Dietitians’ Guide to Smart Eating and Healthy Living for Truckers.”
Madalis and Rudat will offer some advice and answer your questions during the online chat on Facebook, which begins at 8 p.m. Eastern and 7 p.m. Central on Nov. 30.
The first 10 people to post a question in this Facebook event will receive a free copy of “Truck Drivers: Stop Your Job From Killing You!”
A description of the book on its website says:
“… learn how to merge onto the road to good health: Give your body the right fuel to manage your weight and health; choose better foods at restaurants, quick marts, and supermarkets; stock your rig with healthy snacks and beverages; and energize yourself without pills and potions.”
Madalis is a registered dietitian who counsels clients in a variety of outpatient clinics at the Geisinger Medical Center in central Pennsylvania. She said that from her experiences as a dietitian, she became inspired to create a series of books focused on promoting healthier lifestyles for people in occupations with difficult and stressful work environments such as driving trucks.
Madalis has an undergraduate degree in Medical Dietetics from Penn State University and a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator and holds a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management through the American Dietetic Association/Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Rudat is also a registered dietitian in private practice and works as a writer, speaker, and nutrition counselor for adults, children, and families who want to attain a healthier weight.
Rudat is also also the author of the book, “Oh Yes You Can Breastfeed Twins!” which published in 2007 and has sold over 1,300 copies. She works as part-time adjunct faculty at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
She has a Master’s degree in Counseling from Old Dominion University and received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She completed her dietetic internship experience at Geisinger Medical Center, under the supervision of Madalis. Rudat also holds a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management through the American Dietetic Association/ Commission on Dietetic Registration.