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Rhonda Yost of PGT Trucking, Erb Transport, winners of TCA's 2nd Weight Loss Showdown

Rhonda Yost, individual winner of Trucking’s second Weight Loss Showdown, lost 22.8 percent of her starting body weight during the competition.

The Trucker News Services

1/18/2013

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The weigh-ins are complete, pounds have been shed and the results have been tallied for the Truckload Carriers Association’s (TCA) second Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown.

Rhonda Yost of New Brighton, Pa., executive director of lease purchase for PGT Trucking of Monaca, Pa., took the top honor for individuals while Erb Transport of New Hamburg, Ontario, won the company contest.

The showdown is a competition managed by Lindora Clinic, a personalized weight management company.

Teams of drivers and staff from six carriers began the challenge during National Truck Driver Appreciation and Wellness Week in September to determine which individual and which company could achieve the greatest percentages of weight loss.

Over a 10-week period, participants followed the Lean for Life program, which is based on a moderate-carbohydrate, low-fat, moderate-protein menu plan coupled with exercise, nutrition education, and lifestyle changes.

The competitors received weekly phone calls from Lindora’s coaches, who educated them on nutrition and behavioral changes, helped boost their morale, supported them through their personal challenges and recorded their weight loss.

Yost, the first-place individual loser, said she has struggled with weight loss all her life. At one point, she managed to lose 120 pounds on her own until she tore a muscle, which made exercising difficult.

Half of the weight she had shed returned.

When she heard that her company was entering a team in the showdown, she decided to try again.

In the end, her determination paid off, as she lost 22.8 percent of her starting body weight during the competition.

To celebrate this achievement, she will receive $2,500 from the sponsor of the individual contest, Cline Wood Agency of Leawood, Kan.

“Once I began the program and started seeing results, it motivated me to keep it going,” said Yost. “I pushed myself hard. Although difficult at times, I stayed the course and found that Lindora’s program was easier than other things I’ve tried throughout my life. Not only does it teach you how to eat right, but more importantly, how to keep your mind right. The things I have learned about diet, exercise and myself through this process have been priceless.”

On the company level, the team from Erb Transport lost a total collective weight of 315 pounds, going from 2,594 to 2,279, representing a 12.1 percent drop in the team’s combined weight. Because the team worked so hard, Erb will be receiving a $12,000 prize donated by TravelCenters of America/Petro.

“Thank you to the TCA and the Lindora Clinic for the opportunity to join the Weight Loss Showdown. We are very proud of Team Erb for their accomplishments. Not only have they changed their own lives, but they have motivated others at the company to make lifestyle changes. We’re also pleased that TA/Petro was able to give us our prize in the form of money placed in our Lindora account,” said Wendell Erb, president of Erb Transport.

“Now, our showdown team members can continue their journey with more weight loss support if needed, or maintenance support if wanted. Also, we can allocate some of the money to future Erb employees who may want to jumpstart their own road to health. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share a healthier lifestyle with even more of our drivers and personnel.”

Overall, 72 people participated in the second Showdown.

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Among them, 1,613.6 pounds were shed. On average, all teams lost about 9.5 percent of their collective weight, and 27 individuals—or 38 percent—lost about 10 percent of their starting body weight.

In addition to the official team participants, 38 other people tried the weight loss techniques alongside their official counterparts, representing another 728 (unofficial) pounds lost.

“These two showdowns have been proud accomplishments for TCA, our membership and the trucking industry in general,” said Robert Low, TCA’s chairman and the president and founder of Prime inc. of Springfield, Mo. “What better contribution can we make than by helping the trucking family work together toward a common goal that mutually benefits everyone? Even those who did not come away with a physical prize have won. After all, improved health is the best prize of all.”

TCA will recognize the achievements of the showdown’s winners at its upcoming Recruitment & Retention Conference at The Renaissance Nashville Hotel, Feb. 11-13.

Complete details about the Showdown and the participants can be found at www.TruckingsWeightLossShowdown.com.

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