In 2014, results of the National Survey of Long-Haul Truck Driver Health and Injury were reported. The survey was conducted by the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the results were published by the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. The survey revealed, unsurprisingly, that there is a need to improve the health status of our nation’s truck drivers. Below is a summary of the findings.
In comparison to the national working population, long-haul truck drivers are:
- Over twice as likely to experience obesity (69% vs. 31%)
- Over twice as likely to experience morbid obesity (17% vs. 7%)
- Over twice as likely to be a current cigarette smoker (51% vs. 19%)
- Twice as likely to self-report having diabetes (14% vs. 7%)
- Less than half as likely to be covered by health insurance or a health care plan (38% vs. 17%)
- Less likely to perceive their health status as excellent, very good, or good (84% vs. 94%)
Additionally, 61% of truck drivers reported having two or more of the following health risk factors: high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, high cholesterol, no physical activity, and six or fewer hours sleep per 24-hour period.
There is a need to improve the health status of our nation’s truck drivers, and this need is urgent. Trucking is an essential part of our society, and the average lifespan of a truck driver is estimated to be around only 61 years. We rely on several million truck drivers each day, and we must actively increase support for their health and wellness.
Christenson Transportation is committed to this mission and is excited to be offering resources and services to promote positive change. This blog will serve as a source of relevant information and useful tips for drivers and anyone interested in improved health and wellness. We hope that you’ll find it valuable, and we welcome your feedback and questions. Please check back frequently for new posts and information, and feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.