Truckies and health promotion: A “hard-to-reach” group without a “proper” workplace.

Hill, Melissa, Sendall, Marguerite C., & McCosker, Laura (2015) Truckies and health promotion: A “hard-to-reach” group without a “proper” workplace. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 31(2).

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Abstract

This literature review was undertaken to inform a settings based health promotion research project, conducted by a public health research team at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). The aim of this project is to identify how transport workplaces can support their truck drivers to access healthy food options and increase physical activity. Truck drivers in Australia are at increased risk of numerous chronic diseases, in part due to the restrictions placed upon them by the environment in which they work. Barriers to good health through adequate nutrition and physical activity are the result of a complex interaction between government regulations, corporate policies, the built environment and individual factors. Few interventions target this population in a meaningful and sustainable way, though evidence exists for interventions which can be translated into truck drivers working environment.

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ID Code: 94910
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: truck driver, workplace health promotion, nutrition, physical activity
ISSN: 1837-9362
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 17 Apr 2016 23:25
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2016 22:11

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