Celadon Group has been named the 2012 Healthy Trucking Fleet of the Year by FusionHealth and Navistar, which collaborated on the first-ever award.

The award honors trucking companies that excel in integrating health and wellness programs and practices into their operations for improving the health and well-being of their driver workforce.

“Drivers power the industry, and it can be difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle during long stints on the road,” said Chelle Pfiffner, vice president of strategic employer solutions for FusionHealth. “The program is meant to raise awareness of employer initiatives to support health among drivers and to recognize outstanding fleets leading those efforts. FusionHealth and Navistar believe the trucking industry can set the example for moving America forward to better health.”

Celadon’s driver turnover rate is almost 50% less than the industry standard, and attributes that in part to its wellness programs. These include an onsite, full service health clinic that offers primary physician care, prescription services, workers compensation rehabilitation, and physical therapy. The comprehensive Wellness Program further consists of health screenings, health seminars, diet and weight loss programs, nutritional and exercise programs, and incentives for healthy habits.

“We have worked diligently to initiate innovative health practices recognizing the importance of health and well-being of our employees,” said Paul Will, Celadon vice chairman, president & COO. “We are excited to be awarded the Healthy Trucking Fleet Award and help elevate industry adoption of pro-active healthcare and healthy lifestyle choices.”

For winning the award, Celadon will receive a comprehensive FusionHealth Health and Productivity Assessment, a Worksite Health Station, Healthy Driver Training Sessions conducted by FusionHealth Driver Care Teams, and an award with the official designation as the Healthy Trucking Fleet of the Year.

“Just as healthy drivers are paramount to a successful fleet, a healthy fleet is essential to a successful business,” said Phil Tindell, vice president, North American regional sales, Navistar. “Navistar and International Truck are working toward a healthier population of drivers and part of that is recognizing those individuals and fleets that are dedicated to a healthier industry.”

Finalists for the award included J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., Prime, Inc. and U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc.