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Do financial incentives improve health?

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Most large employers now offer financial incentives to workers who make healthy lifestyle changes.
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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?

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