The TCA Wellness team, powered by Rolling Strong, is getting very excited for the Fittest Executive Challenge taking place next week at TCA’s Annual Convention. The 10 TCA-member executives, each from a different fleet, are in the home stretch of their training and are ready to take on the competition! Come cheer on your peers in this inaugural event at 10:30 a.m. CT on Monday, March 27, in the exhibition area near the TCA Booth — 1600.

Here are our last updates on their training as our coaches continue to be amazed at the progress their executives are making!

Coach Kristy shares, “My guys are doing awesome! All three have set up the Fit System and are using it regularly in their workout routines. One has emailed me multiple times in between our calls for extra nutrition advice and he has steadily lost weight! Another’s schedule is very hectic but he is taking his training seriously and has changed his eating habits and always has healthy snacks with him now.”

Coach LeAnn stated, “My executive is doing extremely well! He is working out daily, using his elliptical at home and including push ups and sit ups. He is also using the Fit System and Fit Stepper as well. I am really looking forward to seeing how well he does at the competition, I think he’ll do great!”

Coach Dawn shared, “Both of my executives are making healthy eating choices and increasing their activity level. One has met his weight loss goal and the other has met his fitness goal. They are both excited about the challenge and feel it has motivated them to improve their health.”

Coach Courtney reports, “All of my executives have lost weight and their blood pressures have improved! Together, we add healthy lifestyle habits into their weekly routine and they continue to push hard!”

Come out and see who wins!

Thirsty for a Change in Flavor?
Courtney Vaughan-Lane, Rolling Strong Wellness Coach

With recent trends of healthy alternatives for soda and a heightened awareness of the obesity epidemic, drastic changes are being seen in the beverage industry. According to ABC News, soda consumption per capita in the US has dramatically dropped in the last 15 years. With the highest consumption in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, at roughly 53 gallons per capita, soda consumption has dropped to about 41 gallons per capita!

Not only are consumers becoming more aware of the negative benefits of soda drinking, research suggests that a diet high in sugar has been linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, insulin resistance and cardiovascular abnormalities. Additionally, soft drinks have no nutritional value. They are empty calories, meaning they provide the consumer with zero nutrition that benefits the body.

Let’s take a look at the nutritional value of a 16 fl oz Coke bottle.

Nutrition Facts
Calories: 190 Total Fat: 0g Sodium: 60mg Total Carbs: 52g Sugars: 52g Protein: 0g

Ingredients: Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Caramel Color, Phosphoric Acid, Natural Flavors, Caffeine.

Not only is there ZERO nutritional value to soft drinks, most exceed the recommended daily intake of added sugars (25g), according to the American Heart Association. The high sugar content of soft drinks isn’t the only concern. Other ingredients such as phosphoric acid can also cause health problems. Darker flavored colas contain phosphoric acid which is added to sharpen the flavors and tanginess of the products. However, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, phosphoric acid has been linked to lower bone density which can increase the risk of osteoporosis.

Are you sure you want another sip of that soft drink? Didn’t think so.

There are multiple healthy and flavorful alternatives to soft drinks that have nutritional value. Yes, some are still high in sugar, but they provide the consumer with much more than just sugar,
unlike the leading soft drink.

Alternatives to Soda:

  • Plain water
  • Carbonated flavor water
  • Water with added fresh fruits/vegetables (pineapple, cucumber, lemon, lime, strawberries)
  • 100% Fruit juice (high in sugar but contains vitamin and minerals)
  • Chocolate milk (high in sugar but provides protein, calcium and several vitamins and minerals)
  • Unsweetened tea with lemon
  • Green tea
  • Black coffee

Soda is not only widening your waistline, but it is damaging your overall health. Rolling Strong CDL Wellness Coaches can help drivers decrease their overall consumption of soft drinks and health risks by increasing their knowledge of healthier alternatives on the road.

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