ATA leaders, professional truck drivers take up Healthy Trucking Challenge

Oct. 6, 2014

A group of trucking industry executives and members of America’s Road Team are stepping up to take on an activity challenge to promote healthy lifestyle habits during this week’s American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition. The conference runs October 4-7.

“The Healthy Trucker Challenge is a tremendous way to promote healthy habits and wellness in our industry,” said outgoing ATA Chairman Phil Byrd, president of Bulldog Hiway Express, Charleston SC, “and I’m confident that I--and my fellow ATA executives--will more than keep up with America’s Road Team over the next few days.”

During the challenge, Healthy Trucker will be tracking the steps--walking, running, jogging--of Byrd; incoming chairman Duane Long, Longistics; Pat Thomas, UPS Inc; Kevin Burch, Jet Express, and Dave Manning, Tennessee Express, and comparing them to the steps of America’s Road Team Captains: Don Logan, FedEx Freight; Eddie Weeks, AAA Cooper; Jeff Halford, Con-way Freight; Don Biggerstaff, ABF Freight System and Nate Wick, UPS Freight.

“Staying fit and active, even while on the road, is very important,” says Weeks, who has been driving for more than 33 years. “Over the next couple days, we’re going to show just how healthy truckers can be.”

Daily updates on the progress of the two teams will be posted in the ATA MC&E Exhibit Hall, and at the end of MC&E, the winning team will be awarded 10 FitBits. Attendees can also sign up to participate for bragging rights at