Road to Good Health!
- The average life expectancy of drivers is 61 years
- More than 50 percent of truck drivers are obese, compared to the national rate of 26.7 percent
- Compared to the general population, the prevalence of diabetes is 50 percent higher
- 87 percent of truck drivers have hypertension or pre-hypertension, compared to the national average of 58.3 percent
- Among the general adult population, 21 percent smoke, and 49 percent exercise regularly, while 54 percent of commercial drivers smoke cigarettes and only 8 percent get regular exercise
- Between 3,000 and 4,000 people die in large truck and bus crashes every year in America; 13 percent of those deaths were caused by fatigued drivers
The most important aspect of the above statistics is that these conditions are preventable through modifying risk factors. With proper lifestyle choices, such as learning to eat healthy on the go, getting adequate rest, and fitting in exercise throughout the day, these drivers can reduce their disease risk and increase their life expectancy and quality of life.Organizations such as The Healthy Trucking Association of America, Rolling Strong, and Progressive Commercial are drawing attention to this population through the promotion and implementation of wellness programs targeted towards this population.This past August, the Great American Trucking Show hosted a Fit for The Road Health and Wellness Pavilion, which provided free health screenings, cooking, fitness, and educational demos. September has been made Trucker Health Awareness Month by Progressive Commercial Insurance. These efforts are helping to draw attention to a key problem within an important industry in the United States. By providing drivers with services that will help them on the road to good health we can increase the safety for all drivers on the road.
For more information on promoting health and wellness in the trucking industry, or improving the health of other hard to reach populations, contact our consulting team at info@healthpromosolutions.
- February 13, 2017
- Posted by: Mark Mulray
- Categories: corporate wellness, employee engagement, health promotion, well-being