Cartoon for Big Rigs
Cartoon for Big Rigs

It's time to take stock of our health

IT can creep up on you, right guys? Especially at our age.

One day you think you're in half decent shape, then you find that favourite T-shirt from last summer and it's a little snugger than you remember.

Well, the good news is that help is at hand.

From the next issue, we've enlisted the services of truckie-friendly trainer Melanie Watt-Quinn, aka Evil Barbee, to get us in shape for summer.

Don't be deterred by the nickname either; writer Kate Dodd tells me it's most definitely tounge-in-cheek.

After watching her truckie brother's weight balloon to more than 140kg, Mel realised there was a "desperate” need to design a program that wouldn't scare us straight back to the bottle shop for comfort.

Turn to page 36 to find out more about Mel and for a taste of the tips she has in store for us in coming weeks.

On a more serious health note, I hope you took the time to read Kate's sobering story on page 7 about a tru ckie's struggle with mental health issues.

While I'm in the ed's seat, we can't do enough on this important subject to keep the conversations going.

Our columnist Kermie writes about the same issues on page 46 with a heart-wrenching account of his personal experiences.

His courage to share his story has inspired us to dedicate a podcast to mental health in early September to tie in with RU OK Day on September 13.

Look after yourselves guys.

Big Rigs

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