Truck drivers have some of the highest rates of obesity in any occupation along with a heap of other health issues, and with regulations by the FMCSA requiring drivers to keep certain health standards if they want to work, more than physical fitness is at stake for unhealthy drivers.
Thankfully for drivers, their families, and the consumers that so rely on their deliveries, truck companies are not just sitting. Many organizations in the industry have stepped up their game in getting drivers healthier behind the wheel. Halvor Lines of Superior, WI is doing more than its share of heavy lifting.
Halvor puts in the hard work
Halvor, whose tagline is “the superior fleet,” is taking the lead in more areas than cargo transportation. At the 2013 Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Halvor Lines dispatched the competition in the Truckload Carriers Association’s Weight Loss Showdown, run by weight loss clinic, Lindora. The Wisconsin based trucking line won the contest for most weight lost by it’s 12 person team with a combined total of 380 pounds.
Halvor employee Keith Kitch won for the individual to lose the most, dropping 22.4% of his previous weight. Kitch won $2,500 for his hard work and a new, much lighter body.
The competition started in June and to encourage more than just the 12 competing to lose weight, Halvor created its own weight loss program to get the whole crew into shape. Their goal for the end of the year is 1000 pounds lost, and they have already knocked off 730.
How are they losing it?
Interested in how all these pounds were shed? Well the answer was a strong commitment to the Lindora Lean for Life Program. This program provides education on healthy eating options and exercise programs to fit the individual. The participants also receive weekly calls from their weight loss coaches that provided the support they need to make lifestyle changes.
Lindora also has a Lean For Life On-The-Road program, which details how to eat healthy at truck stops and other realities of life relevant to drivers.
This isn’t the first step Halvor has made in creating a healthy work culture. Recently, Halvor joined with the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in Duluth to research more effective ways to lower driver’s blood pressure.
The competition may be over, but after seeing such achievement in weight loss goals, it’s very unlikely the team plans to stop there. Losing weight and keeping it off requires a lifestyle change that hopefully, many of these participants manage to develop.