The Truckload Carriers Association has announced that in its 1st Weight Loss Showdown, there was a total of 3,022.2 pounds lost!
The roots of the “Trucker Weight Loss Showdown” can be traced to a passing remark made by a TCA officer last fall. During a planning meeting, the officers were asked what type of programs TCA should be endorsing. Robert Low, president and founder of Prime, Inc., in Springfield, M., and TCA’s second vice chair at the time, stated: “We should do something to extend the life expectancy of the long-haul truck driver beyond 62 years of age!” The room fell silent as everyone contemplated this thought. Then they unanimously agreed that Low was onto something.
“It was so simple, yet brilliant,” said Gary Salisbury, TCA’s chairman and the president and CEO of Fikes Truck Line, Inc., of Hope, Ark. “Fit people experience fewer health problems, so they’re happier at home as well as on the job. Healthy employees can work longer and earn more money, so we hope that they’ll stick with trucking all the way to retirement. I left that officer meeting inspired and hopeful that TCA could figure out a way to improve the health of our most precious asset, our people!”
The next Showdown is coming this Summer. Click HERE for more information!