Professional drivers are taking a more proactive approach to health, and truckstops and travel plazas are adding more health and wellness features and products to help drivers take better care of themselves.
“I think awareness is getting better in the driver community, and fleets are doing more with driver education,” said Kevin Kelly, head of hospitality for TravelCenters of America. “A healthy driver is a working driver and is a happy driver.”
Tim Campbell, chief operating officer of Interstate Health Systems, said drivers’ emphasis on health shifted during the pandemic, with drivers becoming more conscious of wellness. “Truckstops are seeing a younger and younger driver base, and we have veterans coming out from the military,” he said. “They’re more conscious about their health.”
Focusing on Physical Fitness
TA considers driver health options a critical amenity and has added opportunities for physical fitness at its locations. “We have so many people spending the night, we need to give them something to do,” he said.
TA has 58 indoor fitness centers that feature exercise equipment, such as treadmills, cycle machines and free weights. “They’re all free and open to the public,” Kelly said...