TA launches driver health and wellness program

| December 13, 2010

TravelCenters of America announced today it will launch the StayFit driver health and wellness initiative beginning Jan. 1.

The program is designed to assist drivers in making healthier choices on the road. One of the primary benefits of the program will be the addition of the StayFit icon to menu items at Petro Iron Skillet, TA Country Pride and other full-service restaurants; these icons denote menu items deemed “healthier-for-you” options. This icon also will appear on grocery and snack items at TA and Petro travel stores to designate items lower in calories, sugar, carbohydrates or sodium or other dietary advantages designated by their producer as better for you.

With the new program, TA also works to provide drivers with medical services and information on the road. The company has teamed with the St. Christopher Truckers Development & Relief Fund, which operates the Medical Resource Vehicle. The vehicle visits various Petro and TA travel centers to perform medical screenings and bloodwork and give drivers health information. (Find out where the Medical Resource Vehicle can be located.)

In addition, 10 Petro and TA travel stores along I-95 and I-40 will have driver fitness rooms available for drivers who are UltraONE club members. Other locations will offer maps of local walking and jogging trails.

“Drivers have asked ask us to help them be healthier and make better food choices,” said Tom O’Brien, President and CEO of TravelCenters of America, in a press release. “Our facilities have the room, the systems and the flexibility to offer a program like StayFit for the benefit of those drivers. Only full-service facilities like TA and Petro can offer a program with all the elements of StayFit. We do this because we listen and respect the needs of our guests. We want them to live healthy lives doing what they love to do and keeping our country moving.”

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