Altom Newsletter, 2nd Quarter – 2019

2019-Long winter-Late Spring

We are coming out of our winter slumber and spring is finally arrived just in time to see Summer rolling the door very quickly. Now that better weather is here it is really time to focus on all drivers doing their proper pre trip and post trip inspections. As the better weather arrives we can become complacent on doing the complete job of inspections before we hit the road. REMEMBER… it is vital that every driver does a very complete and thorough pre trip inspection and post trip inspection. Proper pre-trips save time, avoid accidents and incidents, eliminate contamination issues, avoid delays due to incomplete tank washes, and spot troubles before they happen. Take the time necessary to do a proper pre trip inspection and post trip inspection and save time and money for everyone. Enjoy the nice weather and be safe in all your driving duties. And in all cases where you discover an issue please contact Dispatch or your terminal manager immediately.

Better Health for Everyone

Remember the last time you woke up refreshed and alert? That feeling is one way you can see the impact sleep has on your health and your quality of life.

But not getting enough sleep doesn’t just make you more tired and cranky. It can also have a negative impact on your health.

For sleep to do its job right, both the amount and quality you get are vital, says the National Sleep Foundation. The number of hours you need varies by age. Teens, for example, need at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep to refresh their bodies and minds.

Why Do You Need the Right Amount of Sleep?

What happens if sleep is cut short? The body needs sleep to perform many important functions. For example, while you’re sleeping, your body fixes muscles, consolidates memory and regulates the hormones that control growth and hunger.

If you don’t get enough sleep, your body doesn’t have time to do those things properly. That’s why someone who doesn’t get enough sleep may struggle to think clearly and make good choices.

Research also shows that not getting enough sleep can raise your risk for serious health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer. That same lack of sleep also plays a role in how well you recover from those and other health problems.

Sleep is also important to good mental health. It’s a factor in how well we deal with issues like stress, depression and seasonal affective disorder. Sleep disruptions are both symptoms and contributing factors for those issues.

Soooooo……..Get the help you need.

Getting enough sleep is one of the best things you can do for your health. If you continue to have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep throughout the night, talk to your doctor. You may have a treatable sleep disorder or a health issue that is causing sleep problems.

Getting into Healthy Eating this Spring???

When you think about healthy eating, you probably think about giving up some of your favorite foods, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Eating healthier can be as easy as making some simple substitutions. These small changes can add up to make a big difference to your health. Here are some ideas to help you reduce the amount of saturated fat, salt, added sugar and calories in your meals.

  • Try Greek yogurt instead of regular yogurt. Greek yogurt has nearly double the amount of protein when compared to regular yogurt. The extra protein helps you feel more satisfied. Look for low-fat or nonfat options to limit saturated fats.
  • Select fresh fruits instead of fruit juices. Fruit juices contain very little of the pulp and skin from the fruit, which means they are very low in fiber. Most fruit juices also have lots of added sugars.
  • Eat raw spinach instead of iceberg lettuce. Spinach is more nutrient dense than iceberg lettuce. It is high in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium and iron.
  • Snack on air-popped popcorn instead of chips. Three cups of popcorn contain less calories, less fat and more fiber than fifteen chips.
  • Choose brown rice instead of white rice. White rice goes through a milling process that increases its shelf life but removes most of its nutrients including fiber, vitamins and minerals.
  • Have oatmeal instead of sugary cereals. Sugary cereals are high in sugar while low in fiber. Meanwhile, oatmeal has no added sugars and is high in soluble fiber, which helps you feel more satisfied and improves your cholesterol.

Drivers Needed

Yes this is a recurring theme. We need quality drivers in all of our terminal operations and that will continue into the foreseeable future. That’s good news because we have the business to support more drivers. We also continue to expand in areas like the Intermodal Operations in Chicago and Houston TX so put in an application or make a referral. Good drivers are always welcome at Altom Transport.