Ep. 09: Mark Manera of Supply Chain Fitness on truck driver health and wellness

December 8, 2023

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Truck driver health takes center stage on Semi-Related, an Optym podcast. Mark Manera, Founder & CEO of Supply Chain Fitness, joins host Jacob Eischen for a deep-focus discussion about truck drivers’ unique health challenges and innovative strategies to address them.

The podcast episode offers an in-depth exploration of the trucking industry’s health crisis. With a background in physical therapy, Manera shares his journey into the trucking world and his passion for improving driver health. He discusses the alarming statistic that truck drivers have a life expectancy 16 years shorter than the average due to their career’s physical demands and lifestyle. This revelation led Manera to establish Supply Chain Fitness to provide tailored health and wellness solutions for truck drivers.

Throughout the conversation, Manera emphasizes the importance of understanding the unique lifestyle of truck drivers to offer effective health interventions. He highlights the challenges of maintaining a healthy lifestyle on the road and introduces innovative solutions like in-cab exercises and nutrition programs adaptable to a trucker's life. The podcast also touches on the broader implications of driver health on safety, productivity, and healthcare costs in the trucking industry.

This episode of “Semi-Related” is a must-listen for anyone in the trucking industry or interested in occupational health. It sheds light on the often-overlooked aspect of driver well-being and presents actionable strategies for change, marking a significant step towards a healthier future for truck drivers.

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