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Truck Stops Get a Nutritious Makeover

Truck Stops Get a Nutritious Makeover

bp is on the road to delivering healthier options at truck stops across Australia. Thanks to its partnership with Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds, truck stops get a nutritious makeover.

Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds (Healthy Heads) is a not-for-profit foundation that champions mental health and wellbeing for all people across the transport, warehousing and logistics industries.

Healthy Heads aims to build a psychologically safe, healthy and thriving working environment for truck drivers, distribution centre and warehouse team members, and other supply chain related staff.

Tanya Ghosn, bp Vice President of Fleet and Dealer in Australia and New Zealand, says the partnership enables Healthy Heads to leverage bp’s network and deliver on-site initiatives that reach truck drivers across the country.

“Through our partnership with Healthy Heads, we’ve developed programs to support the hard-working truck drivers and logistics workers who are vital to Australia’s supply chains,” Tanya says.

In addition to impacting physical health, dietary choices can influence brain function, mood and mental health, so Healthy Heads wants to improve the health of workers by promoting longer-term healthy eating.

Which is why bp and Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds have been cooking up initiatives that educate, raise awareness and encourage healthy eating.

In 2022, bp and Healthy Heads developed the Choose Healthy & Save initiative, which offers transport, warehousing and logistics workers discounted meals from a Healthier Choices Menu at 31 participating bp truck stops when they show they have downloaded the Healthy Heads App.

Through this, bp has sold over 21,000 healthier meals and provided over $100,000 worth of discounts to Healthy Heads App users.

Transport, warehousing, and logistics workers can get discounts on healthy options like poached eggs on toast, salad wraps and grilled chicken. bp wants to incentivise workers to make healthy selections when they’re on the road, and the meal options have been developed in partnership with Nutrition Australia.

The freshly cooked meals are on offer 24-hours a day to cater to the needs of those working in the logistics industry, no matter their journey.

In November 2023, bp and Healthy Heads hosted morning teas at logistics centres across Australia, connecting with over 300 transport, warehousing and logistics workers.

These were catered from the Healthier Choices Menu to encourage workers to consider healthy and nutritious options when they are on the road. bp and Healthy Heads also shared tips and resources about nutrition and wellbeing.

Over Christmas 2023, bp and Healthy Heads offered truck drivers and warehousing team members a free meal on Christmas Day. This was aimed at lightening the mental load for those on the road during the holiday season.

While many Australians spent time with their families on Christmas Day, truck drivers and logistics workers continued working to keep the country moving.

“Just like any other day of the year, Australia’s transport workers visit our truck stops on Christmas Day. These people keep our country moving and we’re really happy to be able to offer them a free Christmas meal while they’re on the road,” Tanya says.

Truck drivers or shed workers only needed to attend one of bp’s participating truck stops and download the Healthy Heads App to be eligible for the free meal.

“By downloading the Healthy Heads App to receive their free meal, these customers will have ongoing access to mental and physical wellbeing resources and information,” Tanya says.

Christmas 2023 was the second year the initiative ran, and many truck drivers and shed workers stopped into a bp to take up the offer.

In 2024, bp’s work with Healthy Heads won’t be slowing down, as they continue to raise awareness of the importance of mental and physical health while on the road.

bp will continue to offer healthier meal choices at participating truck stops and plans to expand the menu to include more snack and takeaway options.

 

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