The National Institute for Health Research has worked on some impressive projects, and some of their recent research has made it to the shortlist for a prestigious NHS award.
Truck drivers are at risk of poorer health on account of being sedentary at work and spending long hours on the road with ready access to junk food. The NIHR research has created a programme designed specifically to improve the lives of lorry drivers by helping make healthier choices, and that programme has now been shortlisted for an award for innovation.
Drivers are at an increased risk of some physical health conditions due to being seated and driving for so many hours a week. They’re also susceptible to mental health conditions such as increased stress thanks to tight schedules, a lack of sleep, and being away from home.
The programme has been devised by researchers from several teams in Leicestershire, including the Universities of Leicester and Loughborough, and local hospitals. It is known as “SHIFT,” which stands for Structured Health Intervention For Truckers. Logistics company DHL has been brought in to help “road-test” the project.
Truck drivers were highlighted as a group because they have been shown to experience higher rates of obesity and related conditions, …
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