Fit for the Road

The Fit for the Road programme is about log truck drivers making a commitment to a healthy lifestyle, and requires the efforts of truck drivers, log truck company owners, and industry experts in health and well being, to make it work.

Achieving a healthier lifestyle is done by providing information and resources to the log truck drivers that help them to make healthy choices.

The aim of the Fit for the Road programme is to encourage and assist log truck drivers to improve their health and empower them to make healthy choices.  The programme is all about increasing opportunities and reducing barriers at work and at home for those truck drivers who are interested in improving their health. The programme will focus on the following areas: exercise and physical activity, healthy eating, smoking cessation, and improving work/life balance.

When your job involves sitting in a truck, it can be a struggle at times to think about getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most or all days of the week. Equally difficult is eating healthily at work or on the go.  So, with most log truck drivers spending 70 hours a week at work, it made sense for the LTSC to develop a programme that supports healthy lifestyles.

The programme will be run over a 12 month period targeting specific regions of New Zealand. Each month of the programme will focus on different areas of health and wellbeing and participants will be provided with resources to make changes in these areas.

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  • Exercise

    A study conducted in 2007 found that 39% of log truck drivers were classified as obese or very obese when compared to 22% of New Zealand males of a similar age.

  • Nutrition

    Research shows that eating a balanced diet and loads of fruit and veggies can greatly reduce your chances of developing cardiovascular disease, obesity, cancers and injuries.

  • Work/Life Balance

    Managing your work life balance is all about the juggling act between paid work and other activities that are important to you. These activities may include spending time with family and friends, taking part in physical activity, doing chores and jobs around the house, working and relaxing.