Monday, August 13, 2007


Workers are Told to Shape Up or Pay Up - To hold down medical costs, some firms are penalizing workers who are overweight or don't meet health guidelines.

LA Times - July 29, 2007 - By Daniel Costello, Times Staff Writer

Looking for new ways to trim the fat and boost workers' health, some employers are starting to make overweight employees pay if they don't slim down.

Others, citing growing medical costs tied to obesity, are offering fit workers lucrative incentives that shave thousands of dollars a year off healthcare premiums.

In one of the boldest moves yet, an Indiana-based hospital chain last month said it decided on the stick rather than the carrot. Starting in 2009, Clarian Health Partners will charge employees as much as $30 every two weeks unless they meet weight, cholesterol and blood-pressure guidelines that the company deems healthy.

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