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More Companies Encouraging Employees to Get In Shape

It's about time. Wish the government would do more, especially in Public Schools!

In the past two years, many employers already have adopted financial incentives to encourage people to lose weight, join a fitness program or get a physical exam, according to a survey last month by the National Business Group on Health.
"There was a long time when employers felt this was a personal issue," said Helen Darling , president of the organization, "but in the last five years, the dramatically increasing health care costs because of obesity have changed their minds."
Employers have seen serious problems related to obesity, she said, including higher rates of depression, absenteeism, low productivity and more medical claims. An overweight employee costs employers $5,000 more a year in health costs than a healthy-weight individual.