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COMPETITION WATCH: Celadon wins new award celebrating health, fitness of drivers

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The first-ever Healthy Trucking Fleet of the Year award, a collaboration between FusionHealth and Navistar, has been presented to Celadon Group at its headquarters in Indianapolis. The award honours trucking companies that...


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The first-ever Healthy Trucking Fleet of the Year award, a collaboration between FusionHealth and Navistar, has been presented to Celadon Group at its headquarters in Indianapolis. The award honours trucking companies that excel in integrating health and wellness programs and practices into their operations for improving the health and well-being of its driver workforce.

“Drivers power the industry, and it can be difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle during long stints on the road,” said Chelle Pfiffner, vice-president of strategic employer solutions at FusionHealth. “The program is meant to raise awareness of employer initiatives to support health among drivers and to recognize outstanding fleets leading those efforts. FusionHealth and Navistar believe the trucking industry can set the example for moving America forward to better health.”

“Just as healthy drivers are paramount to a successful fleet, a healthy fleet is essential to a successful business,” added Phil Tindell, vice-president of North American regional sales for Navistar. “Navistar and International Truck are working toward a healthier population of drivers and part of that is recognizing those individuals and fleets that are dedicated to a healthier industry.”

Celadon Group, one of North America’s largest truckload carriers with more than 4,000 employees, boasts a turnover rate at almost 50% less than the industry standard, which the company attributes – at least in part – to its wellness programs. These include an on-site, full service health clinic that offers primary physician care, prescription services, workers compensation rehabilitation, and physical therapy. Its Wellness Program also consists of health screenings, health seminars, diet and weight loss programs, nutritional and exercise programs, and incentives for healthy habits.

“We have worked diligently to initiate innovative health practices recognizing the importance of health and well-being of our employees,” said Paul Will, Celadon’s vice-chairman, president and COO. “We are excited to be awarded the Healthy Trucking Fleet Award and help elevate industry adoption of pro-active healthcare and healthy lifestyle choices.”

The Healthy Trucking Fleet of the Year award is scored on a set of criteria focusing on how the company’s program integrates into its operations, how it targets the continuum of health care issues, tailors to population needs, includes high participation of employees and evaluates the results on clear definitions of success.

For winning the award, Celadon will receive a FusionHealth Health and Productivity Assessment, a Worksite Health Station, Healthy Driver Training Sessions conducted by FusionHealth Driver Care Teams, and an award with the official designation as the Healthy Trucking Fleet of the Year.

Other finalists for the award included J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Prime, Inc., and US Xpress Enterprises. For more information on the award, visit www.healthytruckingawards.com.


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