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Speak Up: $1000 Bonus for Your Weight Loss Efforts

It is not uncommon for employers to penalize employees for their unhealthy habits, especially since word on the street says the cost of health insurance is going to rise in 2008. It was pretty unanimous across the board that negativity and threats are not ways to get employees to be healthy, but what about $1000?

Apparently Agora Inc., a Baltimore based corporation, has spent $90,000 for a 12-week weight loss program modeled after NBC's Biggest Loser (my favorite show, yay!). Employees have the option of working with personal trainers during classes at the company's gym or having unlimited access to a local gym. The Agora gym has free weights, cardio machines and weightlifting equipment in an exposed-brick decor. The reward: A $1,000 prize for the top "losers" in male, female and team categories. Pretty cool, but I can't help but wonder what the incentive is for all the employees that are already healthy. It sort of reminds me of when my parents would give my D-student brother money for getting B's on his report card while mine was already strung in A's and I got zilch. Ah, but I digress...

Would a $1000 reward get you to lose the extra weight? Is this program unfair for the already healthy folks who don't need to lose weight? Speak Up and share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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