Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

More Companies Offer Rewards for Healthy Lifestyle Changes

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

More Companies Offer Rewards for Healthy Lifestyle Changes

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Dear Doctor K: My employer has started offering employees financial rewards for weight loss. I'm skeptical. Does this really work?

Dear Reader: Offering financial incentives to employees for making healthy lifestyle changes is increasingly common. These days, nearly 80 percent of large employers do it. There are many ways to offer incentives, and doctors and economists are still learning what works best.

Some experiments have been successful. For example, employees at two large companies were randomly selected to receive up to $800 to quit smoking. They were three times more likely to quit than employees encouraged to quit but not given money for doing so.

Other experiments have not worked as well. Employees in another company were selected at random to receive a bonus of $550 to lose weight. …

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