TORONTO, Ont. – The next Healthy Fleet Challenge has been scheduled.
The three-month walking challenge is set to start on September 1 and unlike the last challenge, this one will carry on for the full three months with no break months in between.
The challenge was created by Healthy Trucker (and is in partnership with the American Trucking Associations and Truck News) with the goal of getting the industry more active. The challenge measures competitors’ daily steps and uses an online leaderboard to help drive competitors to the top. The team with the most steps at the end of the challenge wins bragging rights and, not to mention a healthier, better lifestyle.
“It’s not just drivers that have a sedentary job, many of us in the office sit for long periods of time too”, suggests Melodie Champion one of the lead nutritionists/health coaches at Healthy Trucker. “It is possible to have fun and get healthy at work and on the road; Healthy Fleet proves this by bringing these two worlds together in a fun and exciting way.”
To sign up for the challenge, individuals need to either purchase a FitBit or Withings device (wearable technology) or download the free MOVES application that turns your iPhone or Android into a pedometer. These devices will track your daily activity and automatically send it to the online leaderboard.
The leaderboard is live on www.HealthyFleet.com and ranks each company by the number of steps that team members take. Each team will also get their very own leaderboard that will show a real time step count for each employee and driver that is participating. The company team leaderboard is a great way to create an internal company step challenge around steps, miles or calories burned, Healthy Trucker said.
According to Healthy Trucker there is a lot of improvements to the challenge this time around.
First, is the option for interested patrons and readers to join the challenge under the ATA or Truck News team, if they don’t have a team themselves. This allows individuals to get active without waiting around for their company to step up to the challenge.
The challenge Web site has also received a bit of facelift and has some additional features exclusively available to companies that subscribe to the Healthy Fleet wellness solution.
“We wanted to offer some additional perks to our members to thank them for their support,” said Aaron Lindsay, vice-president, marketing at Healthy Trucker. “Healthy Fleet subscribers can now set up internal challenges between branches or departments. Drivers can compete against management, or in cases where a company has a branch in the East, they can take on their counterparts in West. In addition, we have also added a new profile page to highlight the company’s logo.”
All Healthy Fleet teams will also have the ability to set personal wellness goals and a new progress bar will help track how close an individual is to their goal.
Once you have a device or application you have two options to join the challenge: