TCA partners with clinic on weight-loss contest

The Truckload Carriers Association is partnering with Lindora Clinic, providers of a medically based weight-loss/management wellness program, to create a weight-loss contest aimed specifically at truck drivers and other trucking industry workers.

Prizes will be awarded to the fleet and individual achieving the greatest percentages of weight loss.

Fleet applications to compete in the contest will be accepted from Oct. 15 to Nov. 30. TCA will select five fleets to compete beginning Jan. 24. The fleet and individual winners will be announced in May. Carriers participating in the contest will receive a 25 percent discount on Lindora services and other items during the program.

“Fit people experience fewer health problems, so they’re happier at home as well as on the job,” said Gary Salisbury, TCA’s chairman and president and CEO of Fikes Truck Line. “Healthy employees can work longer and earn more money, so we hope that they’ll stick with trucking all the way to retirement.”

The Lindora Clinic had worked with a team from the Las Vegas division of TCA member Knight Transportation on a weight-loss program. The team – comprising both drivers and office staff – did well on an intense medically based 10-week Lean for Life On-the-Road program that stresses a low-carbohydrate moderate-protein low-fat diet, exercise, nutrition education and lifestyle changes.