Healthy Heads launches pilot nutrition program for truckers

The national program will introduce healthier freshly cooked meals at participating BP service stations as well as a range of educational content.

A Monash University study found that 70% of truck drivers don’t eat a healthy diet.

The Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds (HHTS) Foundation today announced the launch of a nutrition pilot program, working to educate, raise awareness and encourage long-term healthy eating among truck drivers.

The project was developed in partnership with Nutrition Australia in response to poor driver health outcomes, in particular a recent study by Monash University highlighted that 70% of drivers surveyed did not meet guidelines for a healthy balanced diet.

The pilot project focuses on heavy vehicle drivers and will run over a four-month period. During this period, HHTS will release educational content on social media platforms, the HHTS website, and through existing partners who operate in trucking, warehousing, and logistics. This content was designed to raise awareness of healthier choices and the benefits of healthier eating for physical and mental health. Also, offer practical tips and suggestions on how to make small but meaningful changes gradually.

To support this, 29 BP Service Centers across Australia provide healthy, freshly prepared meals around the clock, catering to the needs of those working in the logistics industries. The menu will be permanently available on these sites and has received input from Nutrition Australia.

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HHTS Director of Industry Relations and Program Management Melissa Weller says the program aims to improve health outcomes.

“We want to take small, incremental steps to better understand how to make better choices about what truckers consume and demonstrate how these small changes can lead to major, lasting improvements in overall health.”

A questionnaire was designed to capture baseline data and measure changes in participants’ awareness and behaviors. Currently over 40 truckers have completed a pre-program survey and in December they will complete a post-program survey. At the end of the pilot project, HHTS and Nutrition Australia will evaluate the results of the program.

Nutrition Australia CEO Lucinda Hancock says healthy eating can improve mental health.

“Over three million Australians live with anxiety or depression. Research shows that by changing the food we eat we can have a significant positive impact on our mood and mental health. The pilot aims to Educating the driver about healthy eating and influencing their eating behaviors more broadly By making small changes to what we eat day to day, we can reap many positive health benefits.

“The long-term goal is to roll out a national program that extends to the entire logistics industry, including warehousing and distribution centers where we can continue to share educational information, but also, influence on-site canteen providers and increase access to healthier foods,” says Weller.

For a limited time, Healthy Heads App users will receive an instant $5 discount on select menu of healthier meal choices at participating BP Service Centers. The app is free to download on iOS or Android and includes a list of participating bp sites.

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