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Prizes Announced for TCA’s Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown

Posted February 29, 2012 by Administrator

Cline Wood Agency and TravelCenters of America / Petro Stopping Centers provide incentives to help participants achieve maximum results

Alexandria, Virginia:

Although a healthier body should be the ultimate prize in any weight loss challenge, extra incentives can only help strengthen the resolve of the participants. Fortunately, the Truckload Carriers Association’s (TCA) Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown just got more enticing with generous cash and fitness equipment prizes offered by two trucking industry suppliers.

Cline Wood Agency of Leawood, Kansas, will give a $2,500 prize to the individual who loses the greatest percentage of weight during the Showdown. TravelCenters of America/Petro Stopping Centers of Westlake, Ohio, will provide the incentive for the company whose team collectively loses the greatest percentage of weight. This StayFit Fitness room equipment package is valued at $13,000 (shipping not included) and includes the following commercial grade items: A cable motion dual pulley strength frame rack, an integrity elliptical cross trainer, and a recumbent stationary bike. It will also give restaurant and food gift cards or certificates valued at $3,000.

Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown kicked off on January 24, 2012, as teams of 12 drivers and staff from 11 TCA-member trucking companies throughout North America embarked on a special program to determine who can achieve the greatest percentage of weight loss in a 10-week period. The program, administered by Lindora Clinic, providers of America’s leading medically based weight-loss and health management wellness programs, stresses a low-carbohydrate, low-fat, moderate protein menu plan coupled with exercise, nutrition education, and lifestyle changes. The first-ever Showdown is one of TCA’s ongoing efforts to improve the health and wellness of truck drivers and all trucking industry staff.

“It’s hard for the average person to lose weight, let alone a truck driver who sits all the time or a dispatcher who is tied to her desk for hours on end,” said Gary Salisbury, TCA’s outgoing chairman and the president and CEO of Fikes Truck Line, Inc., of Hope, Ark. “We know these teams are committed to losing weight, but the prizes offered by our sponsors will hopefully provide that extra incentive needed so that everyone continues to stick with it.”

Mike Wood, president of Cline Wood Agency, said, “Cline Wood has focused on providing insurance and risk management solutions to trucking companies since 1986. Our results are tied closely to the trucking industry and we recognize the many challenges the companies and drivers are facing, including the difficulty of staying healthy on the road. When we got a chance to participate in a fun competition that encourages the extra effort it takes for trucking people to embrace a healthy lifestyle, we jumped at it. This is a great concept and we are excited to be a part of it.”

During TCA’s upcoming convention, March 4-7, 2012, at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Fla., attendees will watch a video introducing them to the Showdown teams. The winners—both fleet and individual—will be announced at TCA’s Safety & Security Division Annual Meeting, which will take place May 20-22, 2012, at the Embassy Suites Norman – Hotel & Conference Center in Norman, Oklahoma

“We are thrilled to support Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown as title sponsor,” said Thomas O’Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters of America. “Our own StayFit health and wellness program offers TA and Petro guests a chance to eat better, get health related information and services, exercise in our on-site fitness rooms for free and unwind on our over 100 mapped walking trails while they are away from home. Providing a complete StayFit fitness room health equipment package and StayFit meal gift cards is symbolic of the healthy choices more drivers than ever before are making today. Installation at the winner’s location represents a recognition of drivers and their health as tremendously important to the success of the trucking industry. We applaud all the participants and wish them good luck on this terrific weight loss challenge and in their future wellness.”

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TCA to host New Member Reception at Annual Convention

Posted February 9, 2012 by Administrator

Alexandria, Va. – For many years, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has welcomed its newest members with a New Member Breakfast at its Annual Convention. Today, the organization announced it will replace the morning event with an evening cocktail reception, to be held Saturday, March 3, 2012, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., prior to the start of the convention at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Fla.

Aaron Tennant, carrier co-chairman of TCA’s Membership Committee and president of Tennant Truck Lines, Inc., of Orion, Ill., said that the new event would better facilitate networking and relaxed, casual conversation between members. “It’s important for new members to start off with that first, powerful dose of networking so they grasp what this association is all about,” he said. “There’s a wealth of support and knowledge available. We’ll help the newest members tap into that right away.”

The guest list for the New Member Reception will include meeting attendees who joined TCA in 2011 and 2012, as well as TCA’s officers, division chairs, committee chairs, and “Rigster” members (individual employees of TCA-member companies who have been credited with recruiting new members).

“If any company is on the fence about either joining TCA or attending the convention, plan to come to Kissimmee one evening early to be part of our New Member Reception,” said Tom Dickmeyer, the associate co-chairman of TCA’s Membership Committee and the CEO of Cline Wood Agency of Leawood, Kan. “It’s one thing to send in a dues check or a convention registration fee, but it’s entirely different to interact with the movers and shakers of the truckload industry in person. This is a rare opportunity to form lasting connections with those who are ‘in the know’ and can share that insight with their peers.”

For more information about TCA’s New Member Reception or about attending TCA’s Annual Convention, please visit www.truckload.org or call (703) 838-1950.

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