Health Promotion at the Construction Work Site: The Lunch Truck Pilot Study

Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, Kevin J. Moore, Tainya C. Clarke, Evelyn P. Davila, John D Clark, David J. Lee, Lora E. Fleming

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The transient nature of construction work makes it difficult to conduct longitudinal worksite-based health promotion activities. As part of a workplace health assessment pilot study, we worked with a commercial lunch truck company to disseminate four types of health education materials including cancer screening, workplace injury prevention, fruit and vegetable consumption, and smoking cessation to construction workers purchasing food items from the truck during their job breaks. Two weeks following the worksite assessment, we followed up with these workers to ascertain their use of the health promotion materials. Of the 54 workers surveyed, 83% reported reviewing and sharing the cancer screening materials with their families, whereas 44% discussed the cancer screening materials with coworkers. Similar proportions of workers reviewed, shared, and discussed the other health promotion materials with their family. Lunch trucks may be an effective strategy and delivery method for educating construction workers on healthy behaviors and injury prevention practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)571-576
Number of pages6
JournalWorkplace Health and Safety
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018


  • construction workers
  • health promotion
  • occupational health
  • occupational safety
  • outreach
  • temporary worker
  • transient worker
  • worksite injury prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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