Program to change Australia's most unhealthy occupation


A new pilot program aimed at improving the health and well-being of what has been dubbed Australia’s most unhealthy occupation, has revealed its first round of successful results

Program to change Australia's most unhealthy occupation
Burgers are given the flick in Kings Transport healthy eating initiative

 

Kings Transport Group and LDJ Transport have partnered with Australia’s leading healthy meal delivery company, Lite n’ Easy to provide truck drivers with a range of meals and snacks as part of a four week healthy eating initiative. 

Accredited Practising Dietitian for Lite n’ Easy Ashleigh Jones says, "We know that sitting for extended periods of time has a negative impact on our general health and well-being. It can cause weight gain that leads to disease, as well as brain fog and demotivation. Eating fast food or unhealthy snacks on the go is also a contributing factor when it comes to fatigue and concentration." 

We hope this joint initiative with Kings Transport & LDJ Transport demonstrates that eating healthy meals and snacks can have a life changing, positive effect on both the mind and body." adds Jones.

Kings Transport Group driver Shane Howat lost 8 kilograms over the four week trial and says he has never felt better.

"Sitting all day long, driving a vehicle can make it hard to look after the body. By changing what I was eating and the time of day I sat down for meals, I noticed considerable weight loss. I also experienced improved sleep and saw a significant change in my concentration, which is so important when on the road for 8 hours a day. I actually couldn’t believe how good I felt." 

All of the drivers in the trial reported at least one area of improvement whether it was weight loss, sleep quality, concentration or fatigue levels. 

Kings Transport Group CEO Barry Thompson says, "We are heavily invested in the health and well-being of our employees, and we know now more than ever, how much strain and pressure is on our country’s supply chain. We need to look after the sector as much as possible to ensure they are fighting fit. This four week trial has shown incredible initial results." 

Diet has long been an issue for drivers as well as others in the transport industry whose jobs are sedentary in nature. 

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