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Espyr® Announces Alcoa® Wheels As Newest Fit to Pass® Sponsor

By February 2, 2021 No Comments

Sponsorship to Raise Awareness of CDL Driver Health and Fit to Pass Health Coaching Program

ATLANTA, GA, February 2, 2021 – Espyr, the leading provider of customized behavioral health solutions, is proud to announce that Alcoa® Wheels*, the global leader in aluminum wheel innovation, has joined a list of leading providers to the trucking industry as a sponsor for Fit to Pass®, a customized coaching program designed to improve the health of professional drivers and help them meet the physical requirements of the DOT re-certification exam.

“We are delighted to gain the support of Alcoa® Wheels in advocating professional driver health and Fit to Pass,” said Espyr CEO, Rick Taweel.  “Our industry research showed that on average, 40% of drivers are on a short-term card (one year or less) and of those about half will fail their next re-certification exam without coaching help.  That’s a huge and avoidable expense for trucking companies to replace drivers, not to mention the potential safety risks that Fit to Pass can mitigate. And for drivers, poor health can create more dire consequences: failing their exams means the possibility of losing their livelihoods.”

“We are proud to partner with Fit To Pass on this exciting endeavor and, together, contribute to overall CDL driver health and wellness,” said Nathalie Tessier, Alcoa® Wheels General Manager Americas.  “As the new year begins, this is an ideal time to support individual goals, provide a tool that encourages fitness results and contribute to driver re-certification to ensure they remain on the road.”

Alcoa® Wheels joins a growing list of trucking industry leaders who are advocating Fit to Pass in its mission to improve driver health and help them pass their DOT re-certification exams.  Other sponsors include: Transflo®, Michelin®,, Minute Clinic®, SleepCharge™, The Big Rig™ Mattress, Fahrenheit® and Team Run Smart.

About Espyr

Espyr has been helping people and organizations achieve and maintain good health – so they can perform at their best – for over 30 years. Espyr’s industry leading Coaching and Assistance Programs are relied on by clients in the most challenging occupations. For more information on Espyr, go to

About Alcoa® Wheels

Alcoa® Wheels, a business unit of Howmet Aerospace, Inc., serves the commercial vehicle market with products used in a range of applications including forged aluminum wheels, premium products such as Ultra ONE® Wheels with MagnaForce® alloy, Dura-Black™, Dura-Bright®, Dura-Flange®, LvL ONE® technology and medium duty truck wheels, as well as a variety of other aluminum components for these markets. For more information: and follow @AlcoaWheels on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

*  © 2020 Howmet Aerospace Inc. The Alcoa trademarks are owned by Alcoa USA Corporation and used by Howmet Aerospace Inc. and its subsidiaries under license from Alcoa USA Corporation.