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COMPETITION WATCH: Celadon drivers shed nearly 1,000 lbs through health program

KITCHENER, Ont. -- Nineteen Canadian Celadon drivers have collectively lost 257 lbs as part of the companys Highwa...

KITCHENER, Ont. — Nineteen Canadian Celadon drivers have collectively lost 257 lbs as part of the companys Highway 2 Health wellness initiative, bringing the company total to 961 lbs shed between 73 drivers.

The weight loss initiative is credited to a 12-week on-site Weight Watchers course. Celadon

In my time with Weight Watchers, this is the most weight loss that Ive seen in that amount of time among that many employees, said Susan Hartland, at work manager for Weight Watchers International. This is truly an accomplishment worth celebrating.

Celadon introduced its Highway 2 Health program in August in an attempt to lower its health care costs while also improving overall driver health. The company offered to pay the cost of participation in the Weight Watchers program for drivers who completed the 12-week program and lost 5% of their body weight. Those who took part in the program, but didnt reach the 5% weight loss target were reimbursed for half the cost of the $140 program.

I cant express how proud we are of every employee who has participated, said Celadon chairman and CEO Steve Russell. With an average weight loss of 13 pounds per person, we are all sharing in the excitement of their results.

Celadon introduced a competitive element to the program at its US headquarters, pitting two teams of drivers against each other. The winning team lost 387 lbs, and will receive a nutritionally-balanced lunch from the other team as their reward.

The company said the program was very popular among drivers, and at least 21 Indianapolis-based participants plan to continue with a new 12-week program beginning this month. Twenty-three first-time participants have also signed up to take part.

The Highway 2 Health program includes other components as well, including an health screening process that measures drivers blood pressure, body mass, glucose and lipid profiles. Participating drivers receive a confidential report on their overall health as well as suggestions on how to improve it. An on-site medical team has also been made available to drivers.

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