Fit­ness pro­gram launched at Cov­ing­ton truck­ing com­pany

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With health­care costs ris­ing steadily and obe­sity and other dis­eases fast be­com­ing com­mon­place, one truck­ing com­pany in Cov­ing­ton has found a creative way to help em­ploy­ees im­prove their health and phys­i­cal fit­ness. Con-way Freight has launched a well­ness pro­gram which is be­com­ing a pop­u­lar part of the com­pany’s over­all safety pro­gram and cul­ture. The na­tional pro­gram re­cently ex­panded to Con­way’s fa­cil­ity in Cov­ing­ton and this week the com­pany kicks off a 10-week “big­gest loser” com­pe­ti­tion called Choose to Lose.

In 2007, Con-way Freight teamed with Well­ness Coaches USA to of­fer em­ploy­ees op­por­tu­ni­ties to vol­un­tar­ily meet with a health and well­ness coach. To date, more than 5,300 em­ploy­ees have at­tended a com­bined num- ber of 74,360 one-on-one coach­ing ses­sions. The re­sults:

• 831 em­ploy­ees have lost a com­bined 6,269 pounds

• more than 170 em­ploy­ees have quit smok­ing

• 669 em­ploy­ees have re­duced their blood pres­sure

• 80 per­cent de­crease in work­place in­juries and work­ers’ com­pen­sa­tion costs

• 75 per­cent de­cline in lost work days.

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