Thursday, August 23, 2012

Local TV News Story - Prime Fighting for Driver Health

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Their job is to haul heavy loads, and it turns out that's what they've been doing.  Transportation workers have the highest obesity rate in the country and truck drivers take the cake, but one local company is working to reverse the trend.

Health experts aren't surprised at studies that show more than 85 percent of truckers are overweight and more than half of those people are obese.  The lifestyle is typically a sedentary one with long hours and fast food, but a Springfield-based business wants to beat those odds.

Inside southwest Missouri's largest trucking company's headquarters is a state-of-the-art fitness facility.

"We have two fitness instructors, have classes, and do weight training, yoga," said Prime Inc. founder Robert Low. 

That in itself is a story.

"We're very aware that truck drivers typically haven't been very healthy and that's a shame."

When Low built this fitness center about a decade ago, he felt the effects,
"I lost probably about 30 pounds," Low said.

His drivers started dropping weight too.  They even won a weight-loss competition against other trucking companies, but that wasn't enough.

"I think maybe 70 to 80 percent of our drivers unfortunately are overweight and maybe half of those are obese."

Here's where the story gets its legs and arms and core.

"All this is good cardio," said Siphiwe Baleka as he squatted, shadow boxed, and did a number of full-body exercises.

In July, the former truck driver launched the company's, and maybe the country's, first 13-week fitness program specifically for truck drivers.

"I gained 15 pounds in the first two months of my driving career, and that scared me," Baleka tells us.

So, during his three-year driving career with Prime, Baleka developed the program with the driver in mind.  There are 31 different exercises, performed in different combinations 15 minutes a day, and all within just a few feet of the truck.

Participants keep a food journal and Baleka tracks their progress online.

"Yesterday this particular driver burned 5,000 calories," he said, reading off his computer screen.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Prime DHF Introduces the Prime Bike Challenge

Prime takes Driver Health & Fitness to a new level with the Prime Bike Challenge.  All Prime Drivers are elligible to participate in the challenge that runs from September 1st through the 30th of 2012.  Drivers are asked to ride any bicycle for the month of September and use any smartphone app (such as "Map My Ride") or training device (such as "Garmin" or "Polar Multisport Watch") to log their distance, speed, elevation, routes, etc.  Only road miles count - no bike trianer miles or stationary bike miles.

Prime Inc. has multiple divisions within the company.  A Prime Driving Associate in each division with the most miles logged wins.  Special awards for the longest single road ride, longest single trail ride, single ride with the greates amount of elevation, over-all greatest elevation, fastest average speed for a single ride, fastest average speed for the entire competition, most state parks visited, etc. Top 50% of riders will be entered into a raffle for a unique grand prize that will be announced midway through the competition based on the number of contestants.  Award winners must present/share their mileage logs and maps.

Please visit for details.

Prime Driving Associates can find a discounted price on the Montaque Paratrooper Fold-Up Mountain Bike inside the Prime company store in Springfield, MO. 

For more information please contact Siphiwe Baleka

Thursday, August 16, 2012

National Truck Driver Appreciation & WELLNESS Week - Sept. 16-22, 2012

A new wellness component has been added to the Driver Appreciation Week that our industry celebrates each September.  This week hereafter will be known as National Truck Driver Appreciation & Wellness Week (NTDAWW).  Please join us in celebrating NTDAWW, September 16-22, 2012.  This annual event honors our nation's drivers for their commitment to excellence.

To incorporate wellness into this very special week the Truckload Carriers Association has named September 20th as “Ditch the Pack” day.  TCA is asking that everyone in our industry - from dispatchers to drivers to safety directors to executives - stop smoking for one day.  The goals are to raise awareness of the benefits of quitting and to show support for those starting or continuing their smoke-free journey. 

Prime has a long-standing tradition of attracting and retaining the best professionals in the trucking industry.  Join us in saying thank you to the best drivers in the industry, not just during National Truck Driver Appreciation & Wellness Week, but every day throughout the year!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Prime Picnics 2012

One of the most anticipated company events is the Prime Company Picnic, held in various locations throughout the country.  This year, Prime Company Picnics are scheduled in Pittson, PA and Springfield, MO on September 1, 2012 and Salt Lake City, UT on  August 11, 2012.  Last year, thousands of drivers and their family members attended the picnics, with bands, swimming and games for the entire family.

Lifeblood of the Organization
 The Prime Company Picnic honors those that the company understands are the lifeblood of the organization – drivers and independent contractors.  Although Prime makes it a point to let them know throughout the year how appreciated they are, the annual picnic celebrations allow the company to not only honor the drivers and independent contractors, but their families as well, who often must sacrifice much while their loved one is on the road.

Picnic Fun
Each Prime Company Picnic offers fun events for the entire family.  At past picnics, inflatable games, water slides, and face painting were a hit among the children, while the casino-style games were popular with the adults.  Guests enjoyed delicious picnic-type food and beverages as they played volleyball, softball and badminton.  Those that did not participate in the sports activities were able to enjoy live music from bands that played during the picnic.

Truck Competitions
In addition to the fun family events held at the Prime Company Picnic, two competitive truck-driving events are also part of the entertainment.  The Truck Driving Championship tested driver skills on a course that simulates situations drivers often encounter while on the road.  The Truck Pride and Polish Championship determine which driver has the most well cared for and best looking truck in the Prime family.  Prizes are awarded for both competitions.

Prime is excited for this year’s Prime Company Picnic and they can’t wait to see you there!