Progressive® Commercial Lines Launches Health Awareness Program to Help Truck Drivers Lead Healthier Lives

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MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Truck drivers are the heart of America’s highways. They play a vital
role in the nation’s economy, working hard to ensure the safe and timely
delivery of goods across the country. Unfortunately, that dedication to
speedy service and exposure to the rigors of life on the road can take
its toll on health and wellness, particularly for long-haul truckers. As
the #1 truck insurer, Progressive has made September Trucker Health
Awareness month. Throughout the month, Progressive is holding live
health and fitness events for truckers, adding helpful trucker health
tools to its website, and holding a sweepstakes to raise awareness and
show appreciation for all that truckers do as the hard-charging knights
of the road.

According to various studies conducted by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC)
and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH),
long-haul truck drivers in the U.S. have high rates of chronic diseases,
due to long days spent on the road and limited access to exercise
facilities and healthy food options.

“Progressive Insurance takes this health crisis to heart. We’re
committed to helping truck drivers lead healthier, happier lives and are
creating truck driver health awareness that focuses on fitness and
nutrition, so truckers can make every minute count – just as they do on
the job,” said Brett Stalnaker, commercial auto product manager for
Progressive. “We want to provide a road map of sorts for truck drivers
to ‘Live Fit. Haul Long.’”

Progressive will kick off its trucker health program with a health and
fitness-themed event in Dallas at the Great American Trucking Show (GATS),
which opens today and runs through this Saturday, August 29. Today,
Progressive will officially introduce its campaign spokesperson, Big
John Drury, a 6-foot-7 truck driver who has lost 100 pounds by dancing
and creating fitness routines, and has garnered quite a following on
social media channels.

“We are looking forward to working with Big John who is an inspiration
to truckers and everyone aiming to achieve their health and fitness
goals,” continued Stalnaker. “Big John’s incredible health and fitness
success story and positive energy will help us connect with truck
drivers seeking a realistic solution to their health challenges.”

Big John and his dance team will engage and work their way through the
convention center crowds, beginning at about 2 p.m., then will really
get things moving with an energizing dance performance on the main stage
in GATS’ new Health & Wellness Pavilion at about 3 p.m. Big John and the
dancers will perform to two popular songs and an original trucker anthem
created especially for the event.

Following the performance, Big John and the dancers will be on hand for
photos at the Progressive tent where additional Information regarding
Progressive’s new trucker health program, including custom-designed
recipe/fitness booklets, will also be available.

On September 1, Progressive will launch a trucker health content hub at http://www.progressivecommercial.com/truckerhealth/
with TruckFit exercise videos, cab cuisine cooking demonstrations,
brain-teasing games, and a chance to win multiple prizes—including a
$5000 cash prize for a dream getaway—in their Live Fit. Haul Long.
Sweepstakes.

Bob Perry, President and founder of Rolling Strong is a content partner
for this effort. As the son and brother of career drivers, he has
devoted his entire career to the health, wellness and fitness industry
and has been dubbed ‘The Truck Trainer’.

“Rolling Strong is pleased to be supporting the Progressive Commercial
Insurance fitness challenge and other wellness initiatives that are
helping to bring awareness to driver health,” said Bob Perry.
“Progressive Insurance is setting the example for why everyone involved
in the transportation industry should be part of the solution to support
driver health.”

Progressive will also be hosting a special event with the Truckload
Carriers Association (TCA) at the Travel Centers of America truck stop
in New Braunfels, Texas on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, during National
Trucker Driver Appreciation Week, which runs Sept. 13-19.

For more information regarding Progressive Commercial Lines and great
ways to “Live Fit. Haul Long.,” visit ProgressiveCommercial.com.
You can also follow Progressive on Facebook,
Twitter
and YouTube.

About Progressive®

The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies makes it easy to
understand, buy and use
auto
insurance
. Progressive offers choices
so consumers can reach it whenever, wherever and however it’s most
convenient—online at progressive.com, by phone at 1.800.PROGRESSIVE, on
a mobile device or in-person with a local agent. Progressive provides
insurance for personal and commercial autos and trucks, motorcycles,
boats, recreational vehicles, and homes. Home insurance is underwritten
by select carriers, including its majority-owned subsidiary, American
Strategic Insurance (ASI). Progressive is the fourth largest auto
insurer in the country; a leading seller of
motorcycle
and
commercial
auto insurance
; and through ASI, one of the top 20 homeowners
carriers. Progressive also offers
car
insurance online
in Australia at progressiveonline.com.au.
Founded in 1937, Progressive continues its long history of offering
shopping tools and services that save customers time and money, like
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Your Price®
, Snapshot®,
and
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Centers
. The Common Shares of The Progressive Corporation,
the Mayfield Village, Ohio-based holding company, trade publicly at
(NYSE:PGR).

About Rolling Strong

Rolling Strong is a leader in driver wellness providing a driver
wellness program that is driver-designed and delivered to drivers where
they work and live…on the road. Rolling Strong is on a mission to
educate drivers and share life-changing products and services to help
them while on the road. By providing transportation companies and their
drivers, as well as owner-operators, with in-terminal and on-the-road
wellness programs, drivers finally have access to a wellness program
that makes sense for them. Personalized wellness programs include
Rolling Strong driver health and wellness checks at client terminals,
CDL wellness coaches, access to a national network of retail clinics for
bio screenings, DOT compliance, driver fitness programs, wellness kits
and telephonic CDL health coaching. Visit
rollingstrong.com
or connect with us on Facebook (
facebook.com/rollingstrong)
or Twitter (twitter/truckertrainer).

Contacts

Progressive PR
Steve Kaczynski, 440-395-1008
skaczyn1@progressive.com