Tucking in the Trucker Tums Monday 13 August 2007 PDF Print LONDON, August 13, 2007 - Truck drivers are becoming figure conscious and boosting their alertness by eating more healthily whilst on the job. A survey released today from Clearstone HGV driver training and recruitment specialists, shows the stereotypical sedentary driver is quick becoming a thing of the past; and it is highly likely you will see drivers peering over the salad cart rather than tucking into a plate of bangers and mash. Chocolate snacks and energy drinks are a thing of the past, according to the survey results, with over 50 per cent of respondents avoiding sugar-filled energy drinks and 36 per cent of respondents preferring fruit or nuts to other less healthy options. The Government has been very influential over the past 5 years by educating the nation about healthy eating and this is reflected in the driving industry’s changing eating habits. With the modernisation of traditional truck stop cafes and increased healthy options at roadside services, the changing profile of a truck driver is causing a stir in the logistics industry. Drivers are taking advantage of their compulsory breaks and becoming adventurous at meal times by experimenting with flavours, trying new, healthier and more nutritionally balanced foods like sushi and shunning the old truck-stop favourites of pies and fries. This is good news as a healthier diet is synonymous with a more alert mind; therefore safer drivers and safer roads. Other key finding of the survey include: Soft on sarnies: 40 per cent of truck drivers would choose hand made sandwiches with nutritionally balanced fillings to eat while they are at work with only 1 per cent choosing pies. Superfoods for super-drivers: When questioned about superfoods LGV drivers know what’s good for them; 71 per cent of drivers eat antioxidant-rich blueberries and pomegranates and 28 per cent had tried green tea. · Fruit loops take to the road! Chocolate has been knocked off the top spot of a truck driver’s favourite with almost a third of all respondents claiming apples, bananas or grapes as their favourite snack! Over half of the drivers claim to eat two or more pieces of fruit daily; which is over the UK average daily consumption of fruit and veg. · Eastern Promise: Drivers too, have proven that they are not far behind the average city slicker in their dietary tastes, and have shown a shown a real taste for cutting edge nouveau cuisine, such as sushi – a real sign of the times and a strong indication that the stereotype is well past its expiry date. More than a third (35 per cent) of truck drivers have eaten sushi and more than one in ten (15 per cent) eat sushi on a regular, monthly basis. Claire Beasley, an independent nutrition expert, says of the findings: “The findings are quite surprising but very encouraging. Sandwiches can be a healthier option than fry ups and pies and, if made with wholemeal bread, can help to make you feel fuller for longer. This helps the sedentary worker, whether in an HGV cab or an office by discouraging snacking on less healthy items like crisps and chocolate. Likewise, fruit is a great snack – low in calories and fat but packed with fibre, vitamins and minerals and just as portable but far healthier than a chocolate bar. If drivers are eating their vegetables too, they are well on their way to 5 a day. Superfoods such as blueberries are rich in many nutrients and can contribute to overall health and well-being, when consumed as part of a balanced diet.” Scott Feldman, Marketing Manager of Clearstone, comments “It is important in the logistics industry for drivers to eat well and take regular breaks to stretch their legs and do some exercise.” “This survey has highlighted the changing face of the industry and represents the change in driver demographic, away from the typical stereotype of image unconscious men that has previously led to a perception of poor health and diet amongst drivers. Clearstone is challenging peoples perceptions of truckers by training up young male and female drivers who will relish the new truck drivers health kick” -ENDS- For more information please visit www.clear-stone.co.uk/training-lorryexperience.asp or contact Scott Feldman on 020 7419 8345 About Clearstone Clearstone is the UK’s leading LGV driver training and recruitment organisation. With a network of training schools across the UK and a powerful recruitment arm, Clearstone boasts the unique ability to both develop a skills base for the industry through its unrivalled training capabilities and bridge the supply-gap by placing its newly qualified and experienced drivers into permanent roles. Clearstone also provides training for corporate clients who choose to outsource their requirements. For more information about Clearstone, visit www.clear-stone.co.uk or call 020 7419 8345. For further information and / or photography, please email or phone: Lorna Thompson / Sophie Orlando Octopus Communications for Clearstone Email: clearstone@Octopuscomms.net Tel: 08453700655 This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Octopus Communications in the following categories: Men's Interest, Motoring, Food & Drink, Transport & Logistics, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.