Con-way Freight Launches Major Expansion
of Successful Employee Wellness
Program Has Boosted Employee Health and Morale, Reduced Workplace Injuries,
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Sept. 8, 2008 - Con-way Freight has launched a major
expansion of a successful wellness program that is improving the health and
physical fitness of its employees while reducing incidences of workplace
injuries and their associated costs.
Initially rolled out at 14 company facilities across eight states, the
company is expanding the initiative into an additional 52 facilities,
reaching 4,100 more employees in another 13 states. By the close of 2008,
the program, provided in collaboration with Wellness Coaches USA, will be
available to a total of 6,400 employees at 66 facilities in 21 states.
Con-way Freight is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW).
In conjunction with the program expansion, Con-way Freight is also launching
a 10-week weight loss competition titled "Choose to Lose." Beginning today,
the competition is open to employees throughout the company's network of
more than 400 service locations. Participating employees will attend
periodic weigh-ins, with $100, $50 and $25 clothing store gift certificates
to be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place winners in each of the
wellness program's regions. There will also be an award for the service
center with the greatest participation.
Extraordinary initial results and positive employee feedback were the
primary drivers behind the decision to expand the program, in which trained
health and fitness professionals provided by Wellness Coaches USA are
stationed at the company's freight service centers.
"We've seen lifelong smokers quitting smoking, employees lowering chronic
high blood pressure, overweight employees shedding pounds and still others
discovering and being treated for life-threatening conditions," said Bob
Petrancosta, vice president of safety for Con-way Freight. "You can't put a
price tag on successes like that."
Launched in early 2007 as a pilot program at several locations,
participation in the wellness initiative quickly topped expectations, with
as many as 95 percent of employees choosing to meet voluntarily - and
privately - with their on-site coach for personal health assessment
screening and counseling. The results were nearly immediate: by year-end
2007, the company saw workplace injuries and related worker's compensation
costs decrease by 80 percent, with lost work days cut by 75 percent at the
As the program has grown, so have the results, which to date have included:
. Nearly 831 employees losing a combined total of 6,269 pounds
. More than 170 employees quitting smoking
. 669 employees reducing blood pressure from hypertensive levels
. Nearly 1,470 employees improving overall health through exercise and
diet regimens that lowered blood pressure
. More than 5,300 employees attending a combined total of 74,360
one-on-one coaching sessions
The company's 2008 wellness program expansion targets 14 geographical
clusters where a single wellness coach will serve multiple operating
locations. Coaches will be covering facilities in Arizona, Arkansas,
California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky,
Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North
Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
At Con-way Freight, Wellness Coaches USA coaches have integrated seamlessly
into the company's structure and culture. They begin at each operating
location by offering initial health risk assessments along with biometric
testing including blood pressure and body composition evaluations. Employees
may then choose to participate in one-on-one health-risk coaching to address
issues uncovered by the testing. In addition, coaches develop and promote
wellness programming such as walking, weight loss and smoking cessation
contests, health fairs and informational displays. They also assist with
company-wide efforts like a video-based injury-prevention stretching program
launched at every company location in early April.
"Con-way Freight made a commitment to the health of its employees and
collaborated with us to deliver a program that produced results," said Gene
McGuire, chief marketing officer for Wellness Coaches USA. "The company
proved that by providing resources, guidance and information, it could
transform the lives of its employees both at work and at home. With the
tremendous results we have already seen, we are thrilled to take our
relationship with Con-way Freight to the next level."
Blue Bell, Pa.-based Wellness Coaches USA is the leading national provider
of on-site coach-powered workplace wellness.
About Con-way Freight
Con-way Freight is the industry's leading less-than-truckload (LTL) freight
transportation company, providing guaranteed, day-definite regional and
transcontinental service through a network of more than 400 operating
locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Based in Ann
Arbor, Mich., Con-way Freight offers LTL freight delivery across North
America, as well as delivery in the United States for international
less-than-container (LCL) ocean shipments from Asia through its
OceanGuaranteedSM service. Con-way Freight is a certified FAST highway
carrier and is ISO 9001- and 14001-, C-TPAT/PIP, ACE- and CSA-certified.
Con-way Freight is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $4.7 billion
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