TORONTO, Ont. – Participants in the Healthy Fleet Challenge are in the home stretch of the competition with only one more week left of January step challenge.
In week three, the leaderboard saw a new top five, and all 350 or so participants increased the total step count by almost 10 million.
So far, more than 350 participants in January’s challenge have walked 42,401,415 steps that equals more than 21,201 miles. That’s burning a total of 1,950,465 calories.
As always, the leaderboard has seen a new Top 5 in week three.
This week, Challenger Motor Freighthas stepped it up and reclaimed its fist place position. (Last week they fell to second.) The team of seven has walked an average of 11,653 steps this past week. Moving from fourth to second is Dynamic Transport. Its three-person team has walked an average of 11,264 steps this week. Climbing from fifth to third is AAA Cooper Transportation. It’s two-person team walked an average of 10,586 steps. Coastal Pacific Xpress made it back to the leaderboard this week, after being fifth during the first week of competition and falling from the Top 5 in the second week. Its 10-person team is in fourth place with an average of 9,864 steps this week. And rounding out the top five is Meyers Transport. Its 12-person team (that was in the Top 5 the first week of competition) walked an average of 9,544 steps this week.
Looks like the Canadians are edging out the American companies four to one in the Top 5 fleets.
On an individual level, the leaderboard has changed significantly as well. The new leader is Jim O’Neil from Quik X who has climbed from third to first this week. He has walked an average of 28,136 steps. Keeping in second is Challenger’s Donna Baird. She’s walked an average of 27,738 steps in the last week. Not far behind, and climbing from fourth to third is Bill Robinson of Northbridge. He has walked an average of 27,571 steps this week. In fourth, and new to the top five leaderboard is Dynamic Transport’s Denisa Branca. She has walked an average of 21,583 steps this week. And falling from first to fifth is Canada Cartage’s Jackie Getgatz. She has walked an average of 21,006 steps this week.
There’s only one week left of the compeition, and then the Challenge takes a month-long break in February where participants don’t have to worry about their step count. However, Healthy Fleet is encouraging participants to do everything they can to stay healthy that doesn’t have anything to do with being active for that month.
Nutritionist, health coach and Healthy Trucker representative, Melodie Champion says February is driver wellness education month and that drivers should be honing in on their health goals then.
“Healthy Fleet wants you to shift focus from physical activity and more on to wellness as a whole,” she said. “Being active is only one small part of being healthy. We want to help you learn how to eat better, sleep better, maintain good mental health and spend quality time with your family. February is the month to get in to our Wellness Challenge. To learn more send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Champion added that Bison Transport has already stepped up to the challenge and says their staff enjoys getting daily text tips on how to keep wellness on their minds and how the program has helped them make better food choices.
With the end of the competition nearing, Champion has offered the following Healthy Trucker tips going into the month of February:
· Fuel your body! As you increase your activity level you need to ensure you are consuming enough food to provide your body with energy. Try a small snack of some almonds and a small piece of fruit, or some carrots and hummus. These have a great combination of some protein and carbohydrates. Perfect fuel for an active body. My one warning is to be sure you don’t over consume after exercise. Don’t overestimate the calories you have just burned and keep your snacks small and appropriate for your activity level.
· Want to build your team? Invite your customers and clients to be part of your team. If you are a media source why not challenge your listeners and readers to join you. If you can, provide an incentive of a company shirt or team lunch for reaching a preset step goal. The more the merrier on the journey to a healthier lifestyle!
· Drink up! Increase your water intake as you increase your activity level. An active body needs to be adequately hydrated. The goal is always to aim for 8-10 glasses in a day. Always bring water with you for longer walks even in the winter months. An added bonus is that studies are showing people who drink two glasses of water before meals feel fuller and eat less. If you are a driver plan your water consumption around your scheduled breaks. Drink a glass or two about 30-45 minutes before a planned stop to not disrupt your schedule.
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.
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