CVS Caremark, the large pharmacy and drug-benefit provider, recently said it would require its employees to report their weight, blood sugar and cholesterol or be forced to pay an annual penalty of $600. It also will require that smokers try to quit.
Several other major employers, including Home Depot, PepsiCo and Wal-Mart, have also adopted such policies.
A separate Aon Hewitt survey offered some evidence that incentive programs can change behaviors. That survey, of workers who had taken a questionnaire and then received suggestions for improving their health, found that nearly two-thirds made at least one positive change. The employee survey was conducted in partnership with the National Business Group on Health and the Futures Company, a consulting firm.
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