TORONTO, Ont. – It’s been five long months, but it’s finally over.
The longest ever Healthy Fleet Challenge came to an end May 31 at 11:59 p.m. The competition began back on January 1 in hopes of encouraging fleets and trucking companies across the US and Canada to get more active.
For the challenge, all participants had to wear a Fitbit (wearable technology) or use the MOVES application on their smartphone to track their daily activity. January, March and May were competition months where participants had to step as much as they could to earn the top spot on the online leaderboard. February and April were “break months” where competitors were told to focus on things like sleeping and eating better rather than activity level.
Healthy Trucker says they are impressed with the commitment of fleets who stepped up to the challenge to make themselves more active.
“We are blown away by the success of all teams during this five month challenge,” said Andrea Morley, nutritionist and health coach at Healthy Trucker. “Five months is a long time to stay fully committed, but teams like Challenger and TST Solutions had no issues pushing through to maintain their spots on the leaderboard. We saw teams dropping down a few spots at times, and then climbing back up the leaderboard by motivating each other within their companies. Every team and individual should be proud of what they accomplished over the last five months, as the Healthy Fleet Challenge participants have really demonstrated what both teamwork and self-improvement are all about.”
The online leaderboard gave participants a look at where they ranked against the rest of the competition. Every month, TruckNews.com gave readers a look at who was the in the top 5.
Yesterday, the final day of the competition, the online server crashed because so many participants logged in to check where they stacked up against their competition.
It was evident that participants had their eyes on the prize for the month of May, as a grand total of 169,137,485 steps were taken by all participants. That equates to almost 85,000 miles.
In first place for the month of May is TST Solutions L.P. The nine-person team walked an average of 18,234 steps (daily) for the month. In second is Meyers Transport. The 12-person team walked 15,421 steps on average every day in May. Third place goes to Challenger Motor Freight. The nine-person team walked an average of 14,445 steps per day in May. In fourth is Coastal Pacific Xpress. The 13-person team walked an average of 13,633 steps per day in May. Not far behind and in fifth is Dynamic Transport. The three-person team walked an average of 13,435 steps a day in the month of May.
Sherri Hanley of Coastal Pacific Xpress took first place on the individual side for the month of May. She walked a whopping total of 1,075,404 steps for the month. Chris Foster of Transport America placed second. He walked 991,275 steps for the month. In third is Meyers Transport’s Brent Bell. He walked a total of 935,406 steps this month. In fourth place is James Peters of Prime Inc. In the month of May, Peters walked a total of 859,858 steps. And finally in fifth place is Paul Bomben from TST Solutions Inc. He walked a total of 833,666 steps last month.
Because the competition was stretched over such a large period of time, Healthy Trucker and Truck News made sure to recognize all monthly winners. However, the online leaderboard came equipped to track the overall winners.
The fleets with the highest number of steps in January, March, and May combined – and are the overall winners for the five-month long Healthy Fleet Challnege are:
Challenger Motor Freight – Average daily steps for Jan-Mar-May: 15,209
TST Solutions L.P. – Average daily steps for Jan-Mar-May: 14,735
Dynamic Transport Inc. – Average daily steps for Jan-Mar-May: 12,792
Meyers Transport – Average daily steps for Jan-Mar-May: 11,963
Transport America – Average daily steps for Jan-Mar-May: 11,729
Healthy Trucker also made a note to congratulate Northbridge Insurance’s efforts to get as many participants as it could on its team. The team started out with 41 members and grew to 61.
“We want to congratulate Northbridge Insurance for building the largest team and recording the largest step count over the competition,” said Glenn Caldwell, vice-president, sales at Healthy Trucker. “Although the initial challenge was based on the average step count of each team, it’s evident that Northbridge Insurance wasn’t in it…to win it but in it to encourage as many employees as possible the chance to gain better health.”
According to Healthy Trucker, the 61-member team walked 33,624,899 steps over the competition.
Stay tuned to TruckNews.com for the news about the next Healthy Fleet Challenge.