Are you the Fittest of the Fleet?

Written by: on July 6th, 2015

Do you think you have what it takes to be named the “Fittest of the Fleet”? Or do you pride yourself on having a healthy lifestyle and want to connect with other like-minded people? Either way, we have discovered the competition for you. Driver Health and Fitness, a website dedicated to the health and wellness of truck drivers, has partnered with Prime to announce its third annual “Fittest of the Fleet” Competition – and all truck drivers are invited to register.

The Fittest of the Fleet competition is free to sign up, and the prize is a whopping $1,000! The day will consist of assorted fitness events where you will compete against other truck drivers of your gender. Events will include kettle bell exercises, weight lifting (nothing more than 100 lbs. for men and 40 lbs. for women); jump roping and assorted events involving your truck. Judges will assess events and at the end of the day, the Fittest of the Fleet will be crowned! 

(To be eligible you must hold a Class A CDL license and have at least three months of current driving in 2015.)

Check out last year’s intense competition, here:

Drivers interested in participating are encouraged to train in the months leading up to the event. Try daily cardio routines, approximately 30 minutes per day, and add in occasional sprints and weight lifting when possible.

The 2015 Fittest of the Fleet competition will take place at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center in Springfield, Missouri September 5 – only about an hour away from the Joplin terminal.

So far, we haven’t had any Con-way Truckload drivers register for this exciting competition – but we have a feeling that we have one of the fittest fleets around. What are you waiting for? We’d love to cheer you on. Drivers, register here and tell us you’ve registered on Facebook!

www.facebook.com/ConwayTruckload/

 

Celebrating the Fourth of July!

Written by: on July 2nd, 2015

This weekend is a time for everyone across the country to attend a barbeque and enjoy fireworks to celebrate Independence Day. For some of us, however, duty still calls and we need to be out on the road during the celebrations. However, that doesn’t mean you need to miss out on the delicious barbeque–style foods that make the holiday so delicious. Below is a recipe for grilled turkey burgers (a healthy alternative to red meat) and a patriotic chickpea salad that is easy to make in your cab over the holiday weekend. Enjoy!

 

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Turkey Burgers

You will need a George Forman (or equivalent) Grill

Ingredients:

  • 1lb ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt
  • Whole grain hamburger bun
  • Toppings (Think healthy! Avocado, lettuce, tomato, etc.)

Preheat your in-cab grill on “high” for at least 5 minutes..

Combine turkey, parsley, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce and salt to taste in a bowl and mix well with your hands. Form mixture into four, quarter-inch patties.

Place the patties on your grill and close the cover. Cook for 5-8 minutes, but be sure to check on them after about 4 minutes. Serve on whole wheat buns with your favorite toppings!

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Summer Chickpea Salad

  • 2 (19 ounce) cans chickpeas (garbanzos), drained and rinsed
  • 1 pint small cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tablespoons finely shredded basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 large cloves minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Toss chickpeas, tomatoes, feta cheese, and basil together in a large mixing bowl. 

Put honey in a small glass bowl and heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir garlic, red wine vinegar, cider vinegar, olive oil, black pepper, cayenne pepper and salt in with the honey to make a dressing.

Pour the dressing over the chickpea salad and toss to coat.

Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap. Refrigerate salad for 1 hour before serving.

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What are your favorite barbeque foods? Do you have alternative recipes that are easy to make on the road? Share them with us at www.facebook.com/ConwayTruckload.

And, as always, remember to stay safe out there. AAA predicts that 41.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home for the Fourth of July this year. According to this article, July 4th is the 7th most dangerous day for road travel. Con-way Truckload drivers are safety experts, so, set an example for other drivers by keeping your distance, obeying the speed limit and, of course, not driving under the influence of alcohol.

Thank you for staying safe and have a Happy 4th of July!

 

 

On May 28th, 2015 we were pleased to celebrate Military Appreciation Month by discussing trucking careers for military veterans in a Facebook LIVE chat. Check out the transcript below for some insights. Remember: you can always ask us questions on Facebook or Twitter, just include #ConwayTL in your post or post to our Facebook page!

Con-way Truckload: We’re taking questions live! To get us started, here’s a view sent along by Tomy Fox, one of the drivers of our new True2TheTroops truck!

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Con-way Truckload: In case you missed it, we launched a new program “True To The Troops” on May 1st to honor our veteran drivers, do you have any questions about transitioning to trucking from the military? https://youtu.be/_u-svDD7MBI

Q. Hi, can you tell me a few things that Con-way Truckload does for the Troops?

Con-way Truckload: Thank you for asking. We have a variety of programs to support our military, they fall in two categories: charity and recruiting. We are the national transportation sponsor of HOLY JOE’S CAFE, a group that provides coffee to our troops overseas, reaching 35 different countries. We are currently honored to pull The Wall That Heals Vietnam memorial in the Michigan, Illinois and Indiana area this week-we will be with the Wall in other parts of the country later this year. We also sponsor Wreaths Across America and will donate to that group closer to the fall. We have a True to the Troops campaign and recognize our military veteran employees internally as well… 16% of our employees have military experience.

Q. If I am a Veteran, or even Active Duty, How can Con-way Truckload help me transition into becoming a Professional Truck Driver?

Con-way Truckload: For recruiting we have a number of great programs to help new drivers transition from the military to working with Con-way Truckload. We partner with U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program and Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program as well asFASTPORT to help recently separated military personnel find the right job. Through our Con-way Truckload Military Apprenticeship Program qualifying veterans or reservists who choose to start truck driving careers with Con-way Truckload as students can use their GI Bill benefits to supplement their income up to $1,000/month in their first year of employment. We also have a Driver Certification Program: Drivers with recent military driving experience and a CDL will be considered for our Driver Certification program in Joplin, MO. Upon completion, the driver trains with a Driver Trainer for 7,500 miles and can quickly transition to the experienced driver pay scale. Call to speak with a recruiter to see if you qualify.

Q. That’s awesome. What’s the number to speak to a recruiter? 

Con-way Truckload: 866-437-4956

Con-way Truckload:  New to the field? We put together a over-the-road driving 101 that may answer some of your questions! http://true2blue.com/over-the-road-101-the-basics-of-long-…/

To learn about future live chats, be sure to subscribe on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ConwayTruckload/events