A new health promotion model for lone workers: Results of the safety & health involvement for truckers (SHIFT) pilot study

Ryan Olson, Wyndham Anger, Diane Elliot, Bradley Wipfli, Mary Gray

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Objective: This study was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of a new health promotion model for lone workers. Methods: A single group pre- or posttest design was used to evaluate intervention effectiveness for reducing body weight and increasing healthful and safe behaviors. Truck drivers (n = 29) from four companies participated in a 6-month intervention involving a weight loss and safe driving competition, computer-based training, and motivational interviewing. Results: Objectively measured body weight reduced by 7.8 lbs (ΔSD = 11.5, Δd = 0.68, P = 0.005), and survey measures showed significant reductions in dietary fat and sugar consumption. An objective measure of safe driving also showed significant improvement, and increases in exercise motivational stage and walking fitness approached significance. Conclusions: Results suggest that the new intervention model is substantially more engaging and effective with truck drivers than previous education-based tactics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1233-1246
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume51
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2009

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Motor Vehicles
Health Promotion
Dietary Sucrose
Body Weight
Motivational Interviewing
Safety
Dietary Fats
Health
Walking
Weight Loss
Education
Surveys and Questionnaires

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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