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FRIDAY, AUG. 8, 2014, 8:27 A.M.

Truck Driving Is Hazardous To Health

Even the scenic beauty of a North Idaho summer cannot lure some long-haul truck drivers far from their rigs during rest stops near Coeur d'Alene. Opportunities for exercise await at the green rest areas along the interstate, or at truck stops, but some drivers say they are too tired, hungry, or time-constrained to use them despite potential benefits to body and mood. "In summer we try and walk, but honestly, you eat," said long-haul driver Serena McNamara at the Flying J truck stop in Post Falls in July. McNamara, 43, has been driving for three years with her husband, Robert, an 18-year trucking veteran. The pair have not seen their Reno, Nev., home in four months. Their wheels roll 24 hours a day, except for fueling and for mandated 30-minute breaks every eight hours. One sleeps while the other drives/Cynthia Magnus, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

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