Prizes available in TCA weight loss competition

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The Truckload Carriers Association’s Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown now is a little more enticing with cash and fitness equipment prizes offered by two trucking industry suppliers. Cline Wood Agency of Leawood, Kan., will give a $2,500 prize to the individual who loses the greatest percentage of weight during the Showdown.

TravelCenters of America/Petro Stopping Centers of Westlake, Ohio, will provide the incentive for the company whose team collectively loses the greatest percentage of weight. A StayFit Fitness room equipment package is valued at $13,000 (shipping not included) and includes a cable motion dual pulley strength frame rack, an integrity elliptical cross trainer and a recumbent stationary bike. It also will give restaurant and food gift cards or certificates valued at $3,000.

Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown kicked off on Jan. 24 as teams of 12 drivers and staff from 11 TCA-member trucking companies throughout North America embarked on a program to determine who can achieve the greatest percentage of weight loss in a 10-week period. The program administered by Lindora Clinic stresses a low-carbohydrate low-fat moderate protein menu plan coupled with exercise, nutrition education and lifestyle changes. The first-ever Showdown is one of TCA’s ongoing efforts to improve the health and wellness of truck drivers and all trucking industry staff.

“It’s hard for the average person to lose weight, let alone a truck driver who sits all the time or a dispatcher who is tied to her desk for hours on end,” says Gary Salisbury, TCA’s outgoing chairman and the president and chief executive officer of Fikes Truck Line Inc. of Hope, Ark. “We know these teams are committed to losing weight, but the prizes offered by our sponsors will hopefully provide that extra incentive needed so that everyone continues to stick with it.”

During TCA’s upcoming convention, March 4-7 at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Fla., attendees will watch a video introducing them to the Showdown teams. The winners, both fleet and individual, will be announced at TCA’s Safety & Security Division Annual Meeting, which will take place May 20-22 at the Embassy Suites Norman – Hotel & Conference Center in Norman, Okla.