St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund Expands Diabetes Offer
A second live virtual support group will be added as part of the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund’s diabetes prevention program.
This virtual group allows communication between program participants as well as their lifestyle coach on a weekly basis. It aims to provide the necessary support to off-road truck drivers as they focus on reducing their risk of developing diabetes.
“We are incredibly proud of the success of this program and its participants,” said Julie Dillon, Health and Wellness Manager at the St. Christopher Fund. “We are always looking for ways to improve our programs to help more drivers be healthy and stay healthy over the long term.
The St. Christopher’s Fund program, approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, addresses the lifestyle challenges drivers face on the road and helps them learn how to improve their health. Those who cannot participate in the live virtual group can still access an online video program with the same content created by St. Christopher Fund.
“We know that drivers have unique lifestyles, so we are tailoring our preventive health programs to meet them where they are and accompany them on their journey to better health,” said Dillon.
Through a partnership with Rolling Strong, participants will receive additional support with a free six-month subscription to the Rolling Strong app, which is also linked to the St. Christopher Fund’s “Rigs without Cigs” program.
“It is essential that participants in our Driving Down Diabetes program receive continued support during the maintenance phase of the one-year program,” said Dillon. “Our shared passion with Rolling Strong is to see drivers grow healthier and feel better. At St. Christopher Fund, we are delighted to have a Rolling Strong partner with us to help professional drivers achieve their health goals.
In 2021, the program’s first year, all 12 participants combined to lose over 180 pounds, and eight of the 12 exceeded the CDC’s suggested weight loss by 5%.
St. Christopher’s Driving Down Diabetes Program offers two free diabetes prevention programs to all Class A professional truck drivers at risk for type 2 diabetes. The CDC estimates that people with prediabetes who participate in a structured program lifestyle changes can reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%.
For more information on this program and other programs available through the St. Christopher Fund, visit TruckersFund.org. LL