Life

Drug-free pain relief

If you have a sore joint, apply ice wrapped in a towel or a cold pack to the area for no more than 20 minutes. A bag of frozen peas works well. Don’t put the ice directly on your skin.

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Health Product: Circulation Socks

Poor circulation in your legs or feet from so many hours behind the wheel? Finally, Compression Socks that are softer, drier and more comfortable than others, while enhancing circulation and preventing swelling.

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Choose dark chocolate over white

Dark chocolate (60 percent cacao or higher) can improve heart health, lower blood pressure and boost serotonin and endorphin levels. White chocolate lacks any nutritional value and is made up of mostly fats and sugars.

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Dietitian reviews driver's food choices

Truckers have more obstacles than other professionals — but with dedication and determination, anything is possible.

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Good choice, bad choice: fried chicken sandwiches

The staff here at Truckers News researched the most popular fast food chicken sandwiches, and these three made the cut for folks keeping track of calories, fat, cholesterol and carbohydrates. Chick-fil-A Original Chicken Sandwich Chick-Fil-A’s pioneer chicken sandwich wins for folks counting fat and carb intake, and it’s the highest in protein. Calories: 430 Fat: 17g Saturated fat: 3.5g Cholesterol: 60mg Protein: 30g Carbohydrates: 38g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 6g Sodium: 1410mg   McDonald's McChicken The McChicken wins in its calorie count, and it also has the least amount of ...

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Bring back snack time

For me, a full belly equals happiness, comfort. But it’s when I fill my belly with foods high in fat, sugar and calories that I realize this is not a healthy way to live. I’ve recently been trying to improve my snack choices, because when I choose nutritious snacks throughout the day, I am less likely to overeat at mealtimes. To draw on the idea of food equating comfort, I did a ...

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Protect your eyes

Wear sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays. Look for labels that say "Meets ANSI UV Requirements," because those sunglasses block 99 percent of UV rays.

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Express gratitude

Compliment someone for a job well done. Expressing gratitude improves your mental health and reduces stress.

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Healthy Obsession

Our new website, http://www.Truckers4aGoal.com, is a place you can read about other drivers (such as Richie Nehrings, whose story is on page 18), get health tips, see information about common health concerns and discuss with others your health goals for 2012.

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Holiday blues

Holidays can worsen depression in people predisposed to stress.  Add a few minutes of extra exercise to your day during the busy holiday season. Make good food choices and try to have a positive attitude.

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