Cash Incentives Seem to Help Produce Lifstyle Changes
Posted Oct 02 2010 12:00am
In an effort to increase productivity and improve the lives of employees, companies are becoming innovative. A new study has shown that cash incentives may help people to obtain a healthier lifestyle. IBM offered its employees $150 to participate in a 12-week program where they were given a list of health-promoting activities from which they could choose. They found that more than 50 percent of the 22,000 employees enrolled in the project, completed the program. It was designed to get families to choose certain family-focused activities to do for 12 weeks. There were four main areas of concentration, including: healthy family meal engagement, consistent healthy eating, collaborative physical activity and positive parental role-modeling. The study found that family physical activity done more than three times per week went up 17.1 percentage points during the program, while eating healthy dinners five or more times a week went up by 11.8 percentage points. Among children, they spent less time in front of the TV or playing video games. These changes did occur right after completion, more research is needed to determine if they will be made long-term.