The entire trucking industry is invited to join TravelCenters of America LLC and Trucking Solutions Group for the third annual MATS Health Awareness Walk. The walk, sponsored by TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers, together with Trucking Solutions Group, will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, March 23, during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.
The MATS Health Awareness Walk—the first of its kind—is a fitness event for the trucking industry. There is no cost, but registration is required. Registration is available online at www.truckingsolutionsgroup.org or at MATS at the TA/Petro booth No. 19156. Participants will receive T-shirts and goodie bags, while supplies last, with health information and giveaways. Walkers will meet in the west wing of the Kentucky Expo Center in room WH2 at 8 a.m. Refreshments will be served prior to the walk.
The MATS Health Awareness Walk is a fun, non-competitive 1.5-mile course for anyone in the trucking industry who is thinking about getting fit, wanting to stay healthy or looking for tips to enhance their workouts. Participants can choose to walk part or all of the 1.5-mile distance.
TA and Petro are working toward making personal health and fitness easier for all truckers. Westlake, Ohio-based TravelCenters rolled out its StayFit program in 2010, offering better-for-you restaurant menu options and travel store items, in addition to free fitness centers and mapped walking trails nationwide.
The Trucking Solutions Group began in 2008 for members to share best practices in the trucking industry and assist each other with improving their businesses. The Driver Health Council, a committee within the group, is dedicated to raising awareness of health issues in the industry. The council began health awareness walks in 2010 and holds them at various trucking industry conferences and events.