TORONTO, Ont. – Canada has been walking circles around its American counterparts – in the Healthy Fleet Challenge, at least.
This week, all fleets in the Top 5 were Canadian.
Though the month isn’t quite over yet, we’ve compiled the list of the fleets who were on the move the most for the last week of the challenge.
Challenger Motor Freight has held on to first place with an average step count of 12,701 steps in the last week of the competition. As well, in second place for the second week in a row, is Dynamic Transport. The three-person team has walked an average of 12,385 steps this week. Moving up from fourth to third, is Coastal Pacific Xpress. The team of 11 walked an average of 9390 steps this past week. Going from fifth to fourth is Meyers Transport’s 14-person team. The team walked an average of 8,452 steps in the last week of the competition. Not far behind, in fifth, and new to the Top 5 is Berry & Smith Trucking. The eight-person team has walked an average of 8,267 steps this last week.
On the individual side, Donna Baird of Challenger has stepped it up and earned her first place position this week after being in second last week. This past week she has waled an average of 33,421 steps. Falling from first to second is Jim O’Neil from Quik X. He has walked an average of 27,961 steps in the last week of the compeition. Not far behind, and in third is Christina Sokolowski of Canada Cartage. She’s walked an average of 27,309 steps this week. Sokolowski’s teammate, Jackie Gergatzis holding onto fourth place with an impressive step average of 26,332 steps. And in fifth from Northbridge is Bill Robinson. He has walked an average of 25,618 steps this last week.
The challenge takes a month-long break in February during which, participants don’t have to worry about their step count. However, Healthy Trucker is encouraging competitors to do everything they can to stay healthy that doesn’t have anything to do with being active for that month – like focusing on smarter food choices, getting more sleep and paying attention on their mental health.
Nutritionist, health coach and Healthy Trucker representative, Melodie Champion’s tip for the week is to make small adjustments to your day.
“Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk around your truck a few extra times when completing your circle check, take the long way back from the coffee room,” she says. “These seem like simple things to do but if you add them up throughout the day you will definitely see an increase in your steps.”
As always stay tuned to TruckNews.com for weekly updates on the Challenge. You can see who’s on top of the leaderboard anytime at HealthyFleet.com.
Sonia Straface is the associate editor of Truck News and Truck West magazines. She graduated from Ryerson University's journalism program in 2013 and enjoys writing about health and wellness and HR issues surrounding the transportation industry. Follow her on Twitter: @SoniaStraface. All posts by Sonia Straface