2008 Health Hero Jeff Clark
Jeff Clark of Kewaunee, Wis., has been selected as the 2008 Fit for the Road Health Hero of the Year. The 49-year-old owner-operator leased to Transport International out of Pittsburgh was chosen from a pool of outstanding truckers who overcame obstacles in their quest for a healthier lifestyle. The judges were impressed with Clark’s dedication to helping other truckers get started on the road to health and his personal fitness accomplishments this year. His amazing feats include competing in two marathons, two half-marathons, three 5Ks and one duathalon (a 15K bike ride and 5K run). His next goal is to break 50 minutes in a 10K on his 50th birthday in January. He says he’s still working to reduce his blood pressure with healthier food choices, but his cholesterol and heart rate are excellent. This year he’s decided to add cross-country skiing and more road cycling to his exercise routine and increase his running speed. “I’ve come a long way from the sedentary life I once led,” Clark says. Here are his tips for a healthier 2009:
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Do you know any truckers who have worked hard to become more healthy? Maybe they’ve quit smoking, started an exercise program, controlled their sleep apnea or changed their eating habits. E-mail email@example.com or send to Truckers News Fit for the Road, 3200 Rice Mine Rd. NE, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406.
Health Question of the Month:
I’ve decided to make 2009 the year I finally get off my duff and start trying to live a healthier life. What’s the best way to get started? I’m 50 years old, about 20 pounds overweight and haven’t exercised in 10 years. – Hank
Pam Whitfield is a Chicago-based registered dietician.
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