Con-way Truckload was recently recognized with the Gold Level Fit-Friendly Worksites Award from the American Heart Association. The annual Fit-Friendly program recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees and work to create a culture of health in the workplace.
We decided to sit down with Con-way Truckload employee, Tara Dill, who supports many of our healthy culture initiatives, to find out more about the award and how Con-way Truckload works health and fitness in our culture.
Q&A with Tara Dill, human resources generalist associate, from our offices in Joplin
Q: Why is having a Fit-Friendly environment important to Con-way Truckload?
A: Here at Con-way Truckload, our employees are our greatest competitive advantage. Our number one core value is safety, which correlates directly with health. The healthier an employee is the safer the employee will be. Healthy employees are more alert, more productive, have fewer injuries, less human error and provide a more harmonious work environment. In our industry especially we need to be aware of our health at all times. Being physically and mentally fit will only help us to achieve world-class safety.
Q: What specifically does Con-way Truckload offer its drivers and office employees to help them stay healthy?
A: We offer a variety of wellness opportunities. We run different competitions during the year to encourage weight and body fat percentage loss; our cafeteria offers healthy meal options along with a fresh salad bar and we also provide a calorie count list for all food items in the cafeteria. We have gyms on site and offer employee discounts on gym memberships for several workout facilities, and we have walking trails at each terminal. Finally, we provide several different tips and publications for healthy lifestyle resources available to employees online, in our monthly magazine and at terminals.
Q: What are some of the greatest challenges to staying healthy as a driver? How do some of the Con-way Truckload drivers overcome these challenges?
A: While driving across the country as a daily routine, eating while on the road is a necessity. The convenience of fast food has caused many drivers to slip into the habit of poor nutrition. Food on the road typically consists of fast food meals, convenience store snacks and sugary sodas. By planning ahead you can make healthier choices when it comes to snacks and meals. Another challenge for drivers is finding a time and place to stay active while out on the road, which is why our terminals provide workout facilities along with outdoor trails. Many truck stops now either have trails on site or offer information on local walking trails as well. There are also many types of exercises that can be performed with little to no equipment. While it sounds simple, walking circles around your tractor and trailer can provide a workout. With a little bit of effort and willpower, you can navigate your way around the junk food and maintain an active, healthy lifestyle while on the road.
Q: Are there any health incentives or rewards for drivers who stay fit?
A: Feeling both physically fit and mentally strong should provide incentive all on its own. Regular exercise and a healthy diet will increase your quality of life, help you maintain a healthy weight, prevent disease, and improve mental focus.