Trucking Industry Steps Up Push To Keep Drivers Healthier

DALLAS (October 10, 2012)--Trucking companies are embracing wellness and weight-loss programs, gyms are being installed at truck stops, and momentum has been building in recent years to help those who make their living driving big rigs get into shape.

"I think a lot of trucking companies are coming around to the idea that their drivers are their assets,” Boyd Stephenson of the American Trucking Associations, the industry's largest national trade association, said.

Every two years, commercial drivers must pass a physical exam required by the federal government.

Initiatives throughout the industry to help drivers get in shape include a weight-loss challenge among employees of various trucking companies sponsored by the Truckload Carriers Association and truck stops that are making efforts to offer not only healthier food choices, but also places for truckers to exercise.

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