COMMERCE CITY — Locally owned Rocky Mountain Transload announced earlier this month that it is issuing a company-wide 90-day fitness challenge, which began April 15.
The move comes in response to the exceedingly high risks of disease and obesity in the trucking industry.
In a news release from RMT, company owners and many of the 80 RMT employees set out to create wellness plans with fitness educators from Metabolic Research
In addition to their individual weight/fitness assessments, the kick-off event featured the participants standing together on the RMT truck scale to get their collective weight. Re-checks of the weight are slated for every 30 days. At the conclusion of the fitness challenge, prizes will be awarded for group and individual successes.
“RMT wants to defy the odds and be the healthiest trucking/transload company in the nation,” the news release stated. “Studies suggest that the risks of cancer, heart attacks, and other disorders may be associated with aspects of long-haul driving such as loading and unloading cargo, irregular schedules, long hours of driving, a sedentary lifestyle, and the nature of drivers’ food choices on the road.”
One study by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health showed that truck drivers are twice as likely to be obese as the rest of the U.S. adult working population.