Health Promotion in Apprentices

Nutrition and stress training for Oregon’s registered apprentices

Overview

Apprentice

Construction workers are at increased risk of injuries on the job due to the hazardous nature of the job, the dynamic work environment and lifestyle factors such as poor nutrition. Although training for apprentices in the trades includes information addressing safety at the workplace, little information is traditionally provided on health promotion topics.

In an effort to align with Total Worker HealthTM (TWH) principles, a strategy that integrates health protection with health promotion to prevent worker injury and illness, the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) partnered with OHSU to develop an online nutrition training specifically designed for apprentices. Apprentices experience barriers to healthy eating including worksite location, limited budget, and cultural factors that can impact retention in training programs. The training addressed factors including:

  • Basics of eating a well-balanced diet,
  • Grocery shopping on a budget,
  • Healthy packing and snacking,
  • Better fast food alternatives,
  • Importance of Hydration,
  • and Food Safety 101.

A second online training on positive psychology and stress management has also been created. Both trainings will be evaluated through a randomized control trial.

Study Activities

Needs Assessment: Survey of the workforce

Evaluate Trainings: Effectiveness Trial
Evaluated with Bureau of Labor and Industries Registered Apprenticies