02 Apr '13, 4pm

Cash incentives boost employee weight loss

Cash incentives boost employee weight loss

Last month CVS found itself in a bit of a controversy after details of an employee health plan were leaked. CVS employees that did not participate in a special wellness screening, which includes measuring an employee’s weight, blood pressure and blood glucose levels, would face a $50 per month penalty . CVS management should take a close look at the results of a new study released by researchers at the University of Michigan Health System that reveals group-based cash incentives promote healthy habits. I’m not a researcher but in my criticism of CVS’ plan, I suggested that an incentive-based approach would likely be better received and it turns out that I was on to something. “The study examined two types of incentive strategies among employees who were obese at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In the first group, individuals were offered $100 each month they met o...

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