Harvard Health Letter

Do financial incentives improve health?

Q. My employer is offering employees financial rewards if we lose weight. At first, I was shocked by this, but then I thought it might be a good thing for me, and for my employer. Does this kind of financial incentive lead to healthier lifestyles? A. Offering financial incentives to employees for making healthy lifestyle changes is increasingly common: nearly 80% of large employers now do it. There are many ways…

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