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Tips for a Healthier Fleet

Tips for a Healthier Fleet

How would you rate your health compared to a year ago? How about that of your drivers and other employees? Chances are due to COVID and other health issues, there’s room for improvement. In honor of World Health Day, we thought we’d give you some tips on how to promote healthy habits for your team.

While COVID and long COVID definitely have an impact on your health, so do obesity, physical activity, and other habits that you can do something about. As of 2020, nearly a third of the U.S. population could be considered obese – that’s someone with a body mass index of 30.0 or higher. The obesity rate has increased by nearly 12% in the past 20 years. Other issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, cancer, etc. are also on the rise.

Getting a Healthier Fleet

Don’t worry, it’s not all bad news. Most health issues can be improved by small lifestyle changes. Here are five ways you can help your drivers and other employees become healthier and happier.

  1. Educate
    Whether it’s posters and brochures in your breakroom, posts on your intranet, or emails to your employees – you need to boost awareness of healthier habits for your employees. Topics like diet, exercise, and sleep are a great place to start. Have managers reinforce the messaging with one-on-one meetings either in-person or remotely.
  2. Implement
    While most of us know that the right diet and exercise can make us healthier. But many people aren’t sure where to get started. Do most of your staff need to shake off a few pounds? Start a weight-loss program or even a contest like the Biggest Loser to keep employees accountable. You could even implement a fitness monitor-related contest to see who can get the highest average steps during a set time period.
  3. Guide
    Since group programs or contests aren’t for everyone, you’ll need to get creative. Map out healthy restaurants on your drivers’ routes, encourage all staff to pack nutritious meals instead of eating out, and make sure your office snack machines have healthy options. Share coupons for healthy restaurants and grocery items, or maybe even low-calorie recipes.
  4. Provide
    Any way you can make it easier for your drivers and other staff to establish healthier habits is a huge help. This could include providing stipends or discounts for gym memberships, home equipment, or diet programs like Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig. Maybe get everyone on your staff a fitness monitor for a work anniversary or holiday gift. These not only track steps, but monitor heart rates, sleep habits, and much more.
  5. Support
    Think holistically when it comes to supporting your workers’ efforts to lead a healthier lifestyle. Some physical health issues might stem from mental health issues. Be sure to provide support in this area as well such as employee assistance programs (EAP) which offers your staff free access to mental health services. The U.S. Department of Labor has many resources to help you and your employees in this area.

Another way you can keep your drivers healthy is to make sure they’re adhering to safe driving behavior. Live dash cameras and fleet management solutions can help you monitor their behavior and keep an eye on their braking and speeding habits, as well as driver fatigue. This can help reinforce positive driver behavior and make it a healthier fleet and avoid potential and unnecessary accidents. Contact Safety Track to see how we can help your fleet accomplish this and more.