TORONTO, Ont. – It was a long September but shoe laces have been untied and sneakers have been happily kicked off for the time being as the second Healthy Fleet Challenge came to a close last night at 12 a.m.
In order to promote health and wellness in the trucking industry, Healthy Trucker (a division of NAL Insurance) in partnership with Truck News, a Transportation Media publication, launched second Healthy Fleet Challenge beginning September 1st and running the full month of September. The aim of the challenge was to get participating companies and fleets in the industry walking as much as they could for the whole month.
Participants were equipped with Fitbit devices or the Moves app on their phone – both of which track their daily steps and feed the information to the online leaderboard.
The challenge was an amazing success as more than 400 participants, representing more than 40 companies across Canada and the US, walked an incredible 72,915,824 in September. This total means they walked 36,522 miles in total and burned 3,359,984 calories in the process.
Of course, no challenge can really be called a challenge unless there are a few clear winners. Everyday participants (and those curious about the challenge) could track their teams’ process on the leaderboard on the Healthy Fleet Web site. All month the leaderboard was moving up and down as fleets got into and out of a groove.
And now, the winners.
The first place winner of the challenge in the fleet category was Meyers Transport. Its team of 17 walked an incredible average of 12,262 steps for the month. Meyers really stepped it up this month – in the first Healthy Fleet Challenge they placed third. In second was Speedy Transport– a newbie to the competition. Its team of six had an average of 11,871 steps per day in September. Capturing bronze is Dynamic Transport’s 3-member team. The team walked an average of 10,791 steps per day. Not far behind (a mere two steps behind in fact) and in fourth was Challenger. Its team of 9 walked an impressive average 10,789 steps every day for the month. Rounding out the top five is Coastal Pacific Xpress. Its team of 14 walked an average 10,715 steps in the month of competition.
The top four in the fleets category also made it in the top 5 of the all companies category, however, Truck News led the pack in that race (not that we’re bragging or anything). The Truck News team walked an average of 14,600 steps per day in the month of September and placed first overall in the all companies category.
As for individual success, Donna Baird of Challenger slaughtered the competition walking a total of 725,911 steps for the entire month. In second was Sherri Hanley of Coastal Pacific Xpress who walked an impressive 674,880 steps in September. In third was Sharon Beharry – a newcomer to the competition as she was a member of Speedy Transport’s team. She walked a whopping 595,017 steps during the challenge. In fourth place was Stephen Bruneau of Meyers Transport who stepped 578,250 steps in September. And in fifth was David Clothier of Pilot Flying J coming in at 567,126 steps for the month.
“It was great to see some of the provincial trucking association jump on board this time” said Glenn Caldwell, vice-president, sales at Healthy Trucker. “The British Columbia Trucking Association was the first Canadian Association to form a team, also throwing down a challenge to the other provincial associations to do the same. As a result, the BCTA will receive five Fitbit Flex devices ($500 value) as they referred the most teams to the challenge in the month of September.”
Although many may be tuckered out from all the walking, Healthy Trucker and Truck News encourage you to continuing stepping through October as a new challenge is expected to be announced later this month. If you’re interested in joining, please contact Healthy Trucker at email@example.com.
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