Interest grows in paying workers to get healthy

06/3/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The

While about one-third of U.S. employers offer financial incentives to workers to participate in wellness programs, it is unclear if such programs have a long-term impact on health, experts say. As the obesity problem grows, there has been an "explosion of interest" by employers in paying workers to get healthy, says Kevin Volpp, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Health Incentives. Early studies suggest programs might be most effective when participants risk losing money instead of winning it.

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