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An Incentive To Wear A Pedometer

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Saving on out-of-pocket medical expenses was enough to motivate many overweight adults to wear a pedometer and count their daily steps, according to a recent study. More than 6,500 obese members of a large health plan agreed to participate in an incentive-based wellness program. They got a pedometer and a USB connection to upload their progress, and were asked to meet a goal of 5,000 steps a day in exchange for a 20% discount on health care costs. Most not only met the goal but exceeded it, with an average of 6,523 steps a day.

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