Barriers to truck drivers' healthy eating: Environmental influences and health promotion strategies

Yorghos Apostolopoulos, Sevil Sönmez, Mona Shattell, Lauren Haldeman, Robert Strack, Victoria Jones

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Abstract

This article presents an assessment of 25 trucking work settings designed to examine whether the environmental attributes of these settings influence eating patterns of truckers who are at risk for excess weight gain. Findings corroborate evidence that these work settings represent healthy food deserts. From restaurants and vending machines to the social=information environments and their surrounding communities, only meager opportunities exist for healthful eating practices. This article aims to place underserved truckers and warehousing-sector employees firmly within the discourse of workplace health promotion and calls for multistakeholder wellness strategies that encompass the intertwined risk factors linked with the transportation work environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)122-143
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Workplace Behavioral Health
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Environmental barriers
  • Healthy food options
  • Trucking work settings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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