September 18, 2014 10:15 PM
A Superior trucking company celebrated a huge loss on Thursday.
Employees at Halvor Lines have lost a combined 2,100 pounds in the last year and a half. On Thursday, they celebrated with a 5K walk.
Becca Mathews, the company's health and wellness coordinator, has been leading the initiative to improve driver health since 2013.
"Several of our drivers have lost 100 pounds, 50 pounds, 60 pounds," Mathews said. "A year ago today there's no way they could take this five laps around our campus without having difficulty breathing. So today they're going to be joining us walking, showing that they can achieve this."
Bob Perry, a nationally known trucker trainer, attended the event. He said fitness is especially important in the professional truck driving field.
"Being a professional truck driver comes with a lot of 'withouts,'" he said. "Not a lot of family time at home, you miss a lot of special events, not a lot of proper rest, nutrition, exercise, all those things, they go without. Because once that traffic starts moving, they've got to go, because they've got time to make up."
Thursday's 5K served to introduce the newly installed walking path at Halvor Lines. Perry dedicated it with his signature belt-cutting.
Updated: September 18, 2014 10:15 PM
Created: September 18, 2014 05:55 PM
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