Enhancing physical activity knowledge exchange strategies for Canadian lond-haul truck drivers

Gorczynski, Paul, Edmunds, Sarah and Lowry, Ruth G. (2020) Enhancing physical activity knowledge exchange strategies for Canadian lond-haul truck drivers. International Journal of Workplace Health Management. ISSN 1753-8351

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Purpose – Canadian long-haul truck drivers lead sedentary lives, but are receptive to receiving physical
activity information to address health risks. This study examined how Canadian long-haul truck drivers would
like to receive physical activity information in order to improve their overall health. The purpose of this study
was twofold: 1) explore barriers Canadian long-haul truck drivers have to receiving and using physical activity
information and 2) understand how physical activity information should be structured and delivered to these
drivers to overcome these barriers.
Design/methodology/approach – Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 12 Canadian long-haul
truck drivers. Drivers had, on average, 14.3 years of professional long-haul driving experience.
Findings – Few drivers had received any physical activity information. Drivers discussed a culture where
they perceived both employers and drivers to be lacking awareness of the importance of physical activity and
its impact on health. Drivers explained they were too busy, stressed or tired to be active or to learn about
physical activity. Information received by some drivers on this topic was too general to be helpful in changing
physical activity behaviours. Drivers mentioned that personalized and accessible physical activity information
should be provided to them through multiple methods by their employers, as an aspect of occupational health
and safety.
Practical implications – Future physical activity information strategies should use both passive and
interactive mediums to promote physical activity to Canadian long-haul truck drivers.
Originality/value – This is the first study to assess how Canadian long-haul truck drivers would like to
receive trustworthy information that can lead to healthful improvements in physical activity behaviour.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Physical activity, Long-haul truck drivers, Health messaging, Health promotion, Knowledge dissemination, Qualitative research
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Research Centres > Anita White Foundation
Departments > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Sarah Edmunds
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2020 10:02
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2020 10:02
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/5087

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