When Halvor Lines decides to commit to something, they go all in. At least that’s what it looks like with their weight loss program. As you may remember from earlier this year, a hard working Halvor employee took home the grand prize for most body weight lost at the Truckload Carriers Association’s Weight Loss Showdown. But a once a year competition was not enough for the Halvor crew. They decided to implement their own weight loss goals company wide and ring in a new era of health at Halvor. The goal they set for themselves was 1000 pounds lost by the end of this year, but the team has already lost 1,240 pounds with weeks to spare.
One way they are going about their weight loss journey is through the help of a health and wellness coordinator. At first, coordinator Becca Matthews was only onsite a few times a week. But seeing how crucial driver health is, Halvor decided to hire her full time. She teaches drivers good eating and exercise habits so they can make decisions that keep them driving with Halvor for years to come.
Besides hiring Becca Mathews, Halvor made some changes to their facilities and tractors. The newer tractors have amenities like mini refrigerators, freezers, and microwaves to aid drivers in preparing healthy meals while on the road. Also, Halvor created an exercise room on their campus for drivers to work out easier. You may also remember the pharmacy study Halvor joined earlier this year. In an attempt to lower the strikingly high rates of hypertension among truckers, Halvor partnered with the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Duluth to evaluate pharmacist contact and driver’s blood pressures. Unfortunately, the study fell short on subjects and only enrolled 11 of the needed 60 to acquire significant data. The study did illuminate some of the health issues relevant to truck drivers though. One major issue being getting in touch with them. With such a busy life on the road, it’s hard for drivers to devote an hour at the Halvor headquarters to discuss their medications with anyone.
Clearly, Halvor has become strongly devoted to driver health. It is a very real issue with very real consequences. Truckers that can’t maintain a decent blood pressure run the risk of losing their CDLs. Hopefully, more and more companies will do their part in promoting a healthy culture in this industry so truckers can continue driving and America can keep on running.
, Truck Driver