Truck drivers in the Americas and Europe have been found to be highly susceptible to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. They are typically older men who, due to time pressures at work, experience long periods of occupational sedentary exposure, physical inactivity and poor diets.
Shifting Gears, an Australian, State and Territory funded initiative, which ran from February to November 2014, targeted chronic disease risks through a lifestyle intervention. In combination with educational messages and an incentives program, the intervention used smartphone technology to encourage drivers to implement and self-regulate physical activity and healthy dietary choices.
This presentation provides an overview of key findings from the suite of Shifting Gears studies. Specifically, data will be presented on driver engagement with the intervention, and the extent to which engagement encouraged changes in risk profiles. Conclusions will highlight directions for future research and challenges for translation.
Presenter: Dr Nicholas Gilson is Senior Lecturer at the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences at UQ. Nick’s research focuses on designing, implementing and evaluating innovative interventions that target physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health in the workplace. Over the last two years he has been a lead and co-investigator on 10 grants that focus on these issues in office and non-office based occupational groups.
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