Chris Hogg: Road Warrior and Volunteer Firefighter

By definition, a true Road Warrior is a professional driver who goes above and beyond their duties, Chris Hogg does this each and every day.

Chris has been driving for 19 years. When he’s not on the road, he’s a community hero – volunteering for his local fire and police departments in Coahoma, Texas.

When Chris he was a boy, his house caught fire and ultimately burned to the ground. Amidst the flames, volunteer firefighters came to his family’s rescue and helped put the fire out. For the longest time, Chris couldn’t understand why someone would risk their life for complete strangers.

“I wondered why they would do that – they dropped what they were doing and came running,” Chris said. “Growing up, I felt like I owed them something, and the only way I thought I could sufficiently pay them back would be to pass along what they did for me to someone else. I wanted to be able to help someone in the same way  they helped me.”

Chris is living up to his word and has been a volunteer firefighter for more than 20 years. He said people often ask him why he would do extra …

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On the Road: 6 Apps for Your Smartphone

It seems like everyone has a smartphone. One of the best aspects of a smartphone is downloading helpful apps that relate to your daily life. The only problem you might have is sifting through the millions of apps and figuring out which ones are worth your time. We know you are busy, so we have gathered a list of our favorite apps to use while on the road.

MyPilot Mobile App Fuel Help Free: iPhone/Android

MyPilot Mobile App allows you to get a bird’s eye view of Pilot Flying J locations all over North America, as well as the current fuel prices at each station. You will also see instant stats on your Pilot Flying J loyalty accounts, including total points, shower credits, balances and rewards. By typing directly into Pilot Flying J’s website, the app connects to all news and social media accounts for direct interaction.

Waze Navigation Free: iPhone/Android/Blackberry

Waze is a community-based traffic and navigation app. With this app, you will be able to have a community of users who will inform you of upcoming traffic, roadblocks, obstructions etc. Waze will remember the preferred routes to locations and will become smarter the more you use it.

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Coffee: It’s Worth the Wait

Many people drink coffee right when they roll out of bed, but research shows that you are probably better off waiting a little while before enjoying that first cup of joe – even more reason to grab a cup at Pilot or Flying J!

You’re already naturally alert when you first wake up because the levels of stress hormones in your body are already high. Most people’s stress hormones first peak at the time they wake up, again in the afternoon and then in the evening around dinnertime. Because of this, you may be better off waiting about an hour after you wake for your first coffee fix.

Waiting to have your coffee until you “need it,” when your stress hormones have dipped may actually make the caffeine that you’re drinking more effective, aiding in your alertness.

If you’ve hit your slump and are trying to decide what will give you that jolt the fastest, caffeine in coffee can vary from 58 mg/serving to as high as 564 mg in a 16 oz. cup.

Contrary to intuition, dark-roasted coffee does not actually contain any more caffeine than a lighter roast. The roast of the coffee is determined by the temperature and …

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3 Things to Know About Water

Drinking water may mean more pit stops, but keeping hydrated is essential to stay sharp during long hours on the road.

Pilot Flying J Health Champion Pete Thomas shares a few reasons why you should trade your sugary soda for bottled water the next time you need to refuel.

1. Water keeps you hydrated

Your body is 60 percent water, so keeping hydrated is important to staying healthy. There’s no one-size-fits-all amount of water the average adult should drink on a daily basis, but six to eight 8-ounce glasses is a good rule of thumb. If you’re sick, or working in a particularly hot climate, then you will want to increase your water intake. Talk to your doctor to help determine the right amount of water for you.

2. Water helps keep you healthy

If you’re feeling tired after long hours on the road, you might be dehydrated. Fatigue is the first symptom of dehydration. Dizziness and lightheadedness are secondary symptoms which we want to avoid on the road.

In addition to keeping you hydrated, drinking plenty of water will help keep your skin clear, your kidneys and digestive tract healthy and your immune system in top-notch condition. Water flushes out …

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Eat Fresh, Lose Big: Discovering the Three Families of Food

In Which “Food Family” Do You Belong? Our Health Champion Pete Thomas breaks down “Food Families:”

Most of us fall into one of three “Food Families.” No one really knows why we relate to food as we do; some of it is a result of genetics, but I believe a lot of it is how we were raised as well. For example, I grew up transient, and was in and out of foster homes due to my mother’s struggle with mental illness.  When I was living with my mother, we experienced homelessness on more than one occasion. At other times, I would literally eat nothing but fast food for weeks on end, until my mother’s money ran out. Then we would go without food for periods in which she convinced me we were fasting for religious reasons.

As a result of my upbringing, I never looked at food in its correct light, as fuel. The amount of food I eat has always been foremost in my mind. That puts me solidly in the “More Food Family.” If you belong to this family and you want to lose weight, you’ll have to learn my principle of “Modification …

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