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

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Yorghos Apostolopoulos, Associate Professor (Creator)
Lauren Haldeman, Associate Professor (Creator)
Mona M. Shattell, Associate Professor (Creator)
Sevil Sonmez, Professor and Department Head (Creator)
Robert W. Strack, Associate Professor and Department Head (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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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.

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Language: English
Date: 2011
environmental barriers, healthy food options, trucking industry, trucking work settings, truckers, nutrition, workplace behavioral health

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