The Trucking Weight Loss Showdown is getting a makeover. The new name for the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) competition is the Long Haul Weight Loss Showdown. Since 2011, the competition has been focused on which trucking company team or employee could lose the highest percentage of their body fat. Now, another challenge has been added: maintenance. The competitors will have to go through a 30 week maintenance period where the winner manages to keep their weight off the longest.
Teams must enroll by January 13th and consist of 3-6 company staff and 6-9 drivers. The 12 teams chosen to participate will be announced on January 14th. Between February 17th and the 21st, drivers will have blood samples taken, their official weigh ins, and receive their weight loss packets. The official kick off to the weight loss showdown is March 1st and the weight loss stage will end in mid May. The maintenance phase will start immediately after and end in December. The winner for individual and team categories will be awarded in January of 2015.
The whole idea for the weight loss challenge started in the fall of 2010. Planners for the TCA were meeting to develop new and needed programs. The president of Prime Inc, Robert Low, put forth the idea of creating a program that extended the dreadfully short life expectancy for truckers from 62 years. To put that number in perspective, 62 years is closer to the life expectancy for Haiti. The average life expectancy for the United States is 78. From there, the TCA discovered the partnership between Knight Transportation and the Lindora Clinic. Lindora had created a Lean for Life On-the-Road Program for a portion of Knight drivers and it had been successful. Through a low carb, low fat, moderate protein diet, and exercise, the truckers managed to lose weight. The Lindora program also provided education on healthy choices and regular telephone contact from knowledgeable nurses, which encouraged the drivers to reach better and sustainable health. Lindora has provided the weight loss program ever since and will be apart of the maintenance portion of the challenge as well.
After three years of helping TCA teams lose upwards of 7,000 pounds, Lindora knows the ups and downs of weight loss. They have discovered (as many who have tried to lose weight can attest to) that keeping off the weight is the hardest part. After the intensive ten week weight loss process is over, participants need to learn how to manage their new lifestyle. That is the reason behind the new phase. The 30 week maintenance portion isn’t the only new feature. Team members will also give before and after blood samples. Blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure will be measured by HealthCheck360. Lindora fully expects to see serious positive changes in this areas, along with the competitors’ waist lines.
Through these weight loss challenges, the TCA and Lindora Clinic hope to build a culture of healthy living in an industry that desperately needs it. Besides the stunted life expectancy, there is rampant obesity, poor sleeping habits, and a high occurrence of heart attacks and strokes in this field. For more information on how you can compete in the challenge, visit the Weight Loss Show Down website.
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