“The dedication to speedy service and exposure to the rigors of life on the road can take its toll on health and wellness — particularly for long-haul truckers.
“Progressive Insurance, a top trucking industry insurer, announced September as Trucker Health Awareness month, and will hold live health and fitness events for truckers all month long, as well as add helpful trucker health tools to its website and host a sweepstakes to raise awareness and show appreciation for all that truckers do.
“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), long-haul truck drivers in the U.S. have high rates of chronic diseases, due to long days spent on the road and limited access to exercise facilities and healthy food options.
“Progressive kicked off its trucker health program with a health and fitness-themed event at the Great American Trucking Show (GATS), last weekend. During the event, Progressive introduced its campaign spokesperson, Big John Drury, a 6-foot-7 truck driver who has lost 100 pounds by dancing and creating fitness routines, and has garnered quite a following on social media channels.”