The News Scroll 22 June 2020  Last Updated at 12:27 pm | Source: IANS

Bearing the brunt of load

Bearing the brunt of load
Bearing the brunt of load

New Delhi, June 22 (IANSlife) The trucker community have served as the backbone of India for generations, as they are the most important stakeholder in ensuring smooth transportation of goods over long distances. While they work tirelessly even through the current testing times, these communities continue to lead sedentary lifestyles, quite often neglecting health and immunity.

A recent study by Castrol India reveals that while one in three truckers and farmers admitted of having health related issues including back pain, lack of sleep, tiredness and joint pain; only 11 percent of them were inclined towards building a healthier lifestyle and immunity.

The study also brings to light that over two-thirds (68 percent) of the respondents were concerned about the health of their families as well as themselves. However, the research underlines a lukewarm approach towards healthy lifestyle and wellbeing as nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of the respondents admitted to not indulging in any form of fitness due to a lack of interest and time. Despite the aforementioned health concerns, one in three truckers and farmers also admitted to not making any efforts to lead healthier lives.

Truck drivers suffer from various health issues like backaches, joint/muscle pain and gastro-intestinal problems. 95 percent of respondents said they eat roadside food. Overall, more than two-third (67.1 percent) of respondents truck drivers stated that they are overburdened with assignments, and thus resort to speeding to deliver their assignments on time. Nine out of 10 drivers did not undergo any formal training before getting a driving license, says a study by Savelife Foundation.

To help the community develop a healthy culture of practicing yoga and strengthen their wellbeing and introduce ethos of healthy lifestyle in their daily routine, Castrol India has partnered with the Yoga Institute of Mumbai.

"Our truckers and farmers have been working relentlessly to ensure our lives remain undeterred during these extraordinary times. We salute them for keeping India moving. Castrol continues to play its part of being a responsible brand and supporting communities by facilitating a culture of fitness through Castrol CRB Truck Aasana and Khet Aasana programmes for our truckers and farmers," said Sandeep Sangwan, Managing Director, Castrol India Limited.

The initiative features Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda paying tribute to the communities for their selfless service and persuading them to prioritize their health.

"It''s critical we change the outlook of these communities and help them lead a healthier life. It''s important considering the tough times we are living in. This International Yoga Day, Castrol CRB and I hope to encourage truckers and farmers across the country to adopt the practice of yoga, work towards leading a healthy lifestyle and make themselves strong from within," said Hooda.

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