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National Fishing and Boating Week 2016 June 4-12 is National Fishing and Boating Week, sponsored by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation. Throughout the month, many states offer "free fishing days" when anyone is allowed to fish on public bodies of water without purchasing a fishing license, salmon stamps, or inland trout stamps  (6/17/16-6/20/16 for Illinois). Find free fishing days in other states here: Free Fishing Days 2016. Recreational fishing presents a chance to escape from the daily grind and spend time with family or friends on or near the water. It also provides an opportunity to bond with children while helping them develop an appreciation for waterways and wildlife. Fishing offers a number of health benefits as well (infographic courtesy of Bass Pro Shops) So get out there and take advantage of some of the beautiful waterways near you. Not sure where to go? The Recreational Fishing & Boating Foundation offers a way for to you find great spots and can be even be narrowed down by species of fish: Learn anything you've ever wanted to know about fishing: Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -  ...
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Functioning in a Work-First Culture Erin Reid coined the term "cult of busy" to describe the way our workforce has become: jobs come first in the hierarchy and constant availability is the expectation. With the increased ability to always have your work at your fingertips (e.g. email linked to your phone), the assumption of 24/7 accessibility has only intensified - and continues to do so. Working all the time should lead to more productivity, right? Wrong-o. Harvard Business Review and The New York Times have shared studies and stories of the problems that arise from constant work - employees crying and passing out from exhaustion, high turnover rates, and lack of diversity among your workforce being among them. So how are we coping with this ever-growing demand for the 24/7 workplace? Quite disfunctionally, as discussed by Huff Post writer Emily Peck. She talks about three ways we are "adapting" to the work-all-the-time demand. 1. Accepting Just give in and work all the time. Give up the deep relationships, community engagement, and physical well-being for the job. Just keep plugging away until you reach the burnout stage. 2. Passing The "fake it" strategy for coping. Technology makes it easy to be working wherever you are...

Today is World Health Day Today is World Health Day, and the key theme this year is "Beat Diabetes." Why this theme? Because according to the World Health Organization (WHO), diabetes was the direct cause of some 1.5 million deaths in 2012. And WHO projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death by 2030. Scary, right?! But today is dedicated to learning more about the disease and ways you can prevent it for yourself and your family. Diabetes is treatable, but it requires hard work and dedication. World Health Day is taking this year to provide important information about diabetes, increasing awareness, and helping people learn how to control and prevent diabetes. Trucking and transportation are two particularly high-risk professions due to the sedentary nature of the job and the often lack of available healthy food options. It is important to learn more about the facts and causes of diabetes, how you could be at risk, and ways to start making changes to prevent diabetes. How much do you know about diabetes? Take the World Health Day quiz to find out what you know and learn more about diabetes and prevention. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -

February is Heart Month (cont.) The last post was about American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day (read it here). This post, we are going to continue that discussion into the realm of transportation - specifically in the movement for more truck driver awareness and effort in reducing their own risks for heart disease, heart attacks, and stroke. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), 85.6 million people in the U.S. live with cardiovascular diseases (think heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke). Truckers are especially susceptible to heart disease and other cardiovascular issues due to the nature of their jobs - long work days, mental and physical stress, difficulty in finding healthy food options on the road - all combined with little exercise and too much sitting. Why American Heart Month Matters to Truckers The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducted a survey in 2014 with long-haul truckers and found that 88% of the drivers surveyed had at least one risk factor for chronic disease, such as high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, and others. Because truck drivers serve such vital roles for the U.S. economy and many different industries, collaboration between drivers and their organizations to get, and stay, healthy is extremely important. shares "Life's Simple 7" rules by AHA that can help carriers and their drivers begin to start controlling and improving their health and lives on the road. Manage blood pressure - Learning what your numbers are and where they should be can help protect yourself from damaging and weakening your arteries. Control cholesterol - Not all cholesterol is bad. Learn what is good and what is not and how you can get more of the kind you need and reduce the kind you don't. Reduce blood sugar - Factors such as family history, race/ethnicity, and age can increase your risk, but you can help the odds by reducing blood sugar to help manage and prevent diabetes. Get active - You don't need a gym to get your exercise. Check out these 7 Rules of On-The-Road Fitness or these Exercises That Truckers Can Do in Their Vehicle for some ideas on how to incorporate more exercise in your routine. Eat better - Eating healthy on the road can be tough, especially when you are loading or delivering to an area with limited/no options. Be prepared with a cooler of healthy snacks and learn more about choosing better food options at restaurants. Lose weight - Do you know your BMI? Do you know why it matters? Losing weight is more than just calories. It is a combination of understanding your body and its needs, proper diet, and exercise. Stop smoking - Smoking is the most preventable cause of premature death in the United States. Check out the resources, make a plan, and kick smoking for good. For more on truckers and health, check out other related stories and topics from Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -

February is Heart Month This month is officially recognized as American Heart Month, dedicated to increasing awareness of heart-related issues like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. More than 67 million Americans have high blood pressure, according to The Center for Disease Control (CDC). And heart disease (which includes heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases) is the number 1 cause of death in the United States. About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. (For more statistics on heart disease, visit The Heart Foundation and the CDC) The CDC and Million Hearts team up during the month of February not only to educate people about potential heart problems, but also to educate people on ways they can take control of their own health and prevention, such as through quitting smoking, reducing sodium intake, exercising regularly, and monitoring your blood pressure. Many other groups, organizations, and companies have also joined in the movement to try and kick heart disease to the curb. Why is Tomorrow National Wear Red Day? As part of American Heart Month, National Wear Red Day is observed on the first Friday of February each year. The color red was chosen to represent specifically the struggle women face against heart disease; more women than men have died of heart disease each year since 1984. This year marks the 13th anniversary of the day, and the momentum continues to grow stronger each year. The movement began in 2003 when the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recognized the significant need for more awareness and prevention of heart disease. According to, in 2003 nearly 500,000 lives of American women were claimed by the disease each year. Because of this, many other movements and projects have developed in order to build awareness and health initiatives to prevent the disease, such as One Brave Idea and The Heart Truth. In the 13 years that National Wear Red Day has been official, there have been incredible strides made in the fight: Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change. More than one-third of women have lost weight. More than 50% of women have increased their exercise. 6 out of 10 women have changed their diets. More than 40% of women have checked their cholesterol levels. One-third of women have talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans. Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day. Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years. Want to know how you can participate in Wear Red Day (and not just women, men too)? Check out these free Wear Red Day tools and resources. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -