Halvor Lines' driver manager wins TCA weight loss competition
Keith Kitch, a driver manager at Halvor Lines, accepts a check for $2,500 from John Cline of the Cline Wood Agency. (Courtesy: TRUCKLOAD CARRIERS ASSOCIATION)
By LYNDON FINNEY
The Trucker Staff
DALLAS — Halvor Lines a Superior, Wis.,-based carrier, swept both the team and individual honors in the Truckload Carriers Association’s third Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown.
Keith Kitch, a driver manager at Havor Lines, was the individual winner, losing 22.4 percent of his body weight.
The Halvor team lost a total of 380 pounds, or 13.2 percent of their collective body weight.
Each member of the team lost at least 5 percent of his or her own weight.
The winners were announced during a news conference Friday at the Great American Trucking Show under way here.
The showdown is designed to address the industry’s weight problems and related medical conditions in an innovative fashion through friendly and informative competition,” TCA President Chris Burruss said during the news conference.
For 10 weeks from June to August teams comprised of both drivers and trucking company staff followed the Lean for Life On-the-Road program offered by the Lindora Clinic, one of America's leading clinical weight management provider, and the company that developed the program for TCA.
The program stresses a low-carbohydrate, low-fat, moderate-protein menu plan, coupled with exercise, nutrition education and lifestyle changes.
Lindora coaches stayed in contact each individual throughout the showdown to provide nutrition education, help boost morale, discuss obstacles and record weight loss.
As individual winner, Kitch took home a check for $2.500 awarded by Cline Wood Agency, a company that offers insurance to the trucking industry.
TA/Petro, another supporter of the competition, awarded $11,000 worth of Lindora Clinic’s services to Havor.
Other carriers participating were American Central Transport of Liberty, Mo., Bay & Bay Transportation of Rosemount, Minn.; E.W. Wylie Corp. of West Fargo, N.D.; Freight Exchange of North America of Chicago; and Grand Island Express of Grand Island, Neb.
“When TCA launched the showdown , we took up what many considered to be an intractable challenge: helping drivers and the rest of our industry live longer, healthier lives,” Burruss said. “But as the results of each of our Showdowns have proven, nothing is impossible if we work together.”