Source: NCSEM 24.05.22
A targeted health programme, including health education sessions, Fitbits and lorry cabin workouts, can improve the activity levels of long-distance heavy goods drivers in the short term – according to new research led by Loughborough University.
There are approximately 300,000 heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers in the UK, but recently the industry has faced challenges with driver shortages and attracting new drivers. It is well established that HGV drivers are exposed to a number of health-related risk factors, such as shift work and long periods of sedentary behaviour (sitting), which contribute towards chronic conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
The authors conclude that, although the longer-term benefits of the programme are unclear, it should be incorporated into HGV driver training courses to promote activity and help improve the health of this key workforce.