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Health, wellness to be focus of TCA convention

A highlight of the convention will be introducing Trucking's Weight Loss Showdown.

The Trucker News Services

2/24/2012

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) predicts that healthier days will soon come to the trucking industry, in part because of the organization’s ongoing efforts to improve the health and wellness of truck drivers and all trucking industry staff.

“For the past year, we’ve been increasing our emphasis on health in an effort to educate our members about the negative effects that obesity, sleep apnea, and other medical conditions are having on the trucking industry’s workforce,” TCA President Chris Burruss said. “With our signature event approaching — our annual convention March 4-7 in Kissimmee, Fla. — we saw a golden opportunity to influence change in the minds of the major players of the trucking industry.”

At the convention, attendees can look forward to numerous activities related to health and wellness beginning with a Health and Wellness Pavilion in the convention’s registration area.

The pavilion will showcase a variety of industry-specific health and wellness materials. Lindora Clinic will sponsor a weight loss station that will challenge visitors to see what it feels like to “wear” 30 extra pounds in the form of a special “weight vest.”

Health Promotion Solutions will provide interactive wellness demonstrations highlighting services that are available to trucking fleets and will offer body mass index, blood pressure, and blood glucose and cholesterol level testing.

It will also provide information about sleep apnea, offer a weight loss station, and distribute health education materials.

On Tuesday, March 6, and Wednesday, March 7, a trucking-in-the-round workshop called “When Your Drivers Are Healthier, So Is Your Bottom Line” will discuss how to implement a successful health and wellness program for trucking staff and drivers. Although it can be challenging to achieve results given truckers’ unique lifestyles, it can be done, Burruss said, adding that attendees will come away with strategies, tactical steps, and ideas they can implement in the hopes of lengthening the lives of their people while also lowering company health care and workers’ compensation costs.

Another health highlight will be a video played by Gary Salisbury, TCA’s outgoing chairman and the president and CEO of Fikes Truck Line of Hope, Ark., during his general session remarks on Monday March 5.

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The video will introduce attendees to the contestants in the association’s first-ever Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown.

This competition is a battle between 11 TCA-member carriers from across North America to determine who can achieve the greatest percentage of weight loss in 10 weeks.

The winners — both fleet and individual — will be announced at TCA’s Safety and Security Division Annual Meeting  May 20-22 at the Embassy Suites Norman-Hotel & Conference Center in Norman, Okla..

“We are delighted that Brightline Media Group, Lindora Clinic and Health Promotion Solutions are joining with TCA to put truckload executives one step closer to effective health and wellness programs for their drivers and staff,” said Salisbury. “All of us want to help our trucking family live longer and fuller lives. We’re proud that we have a venue to shine a spotlight on the available solutions.”

The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at editor@thetrucker.com.

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