Employer incentives may make families healthier

October 4, 2010 2:57:31 PM PDT
Employer wellness programs could play a role in making families become healthier.

A new study finds a small cash incentive from an employer might encourage healthy lifestyle changes in families.

IBM offered it's employees $150 to participate in a 12-week program where they were given a list of health promoting activities to choose from. That included adding more vegetables to a family diet, exercising more, and reducing family TV and computer time.

The study found more than 50 percent of the employees who participated completed the program.

The study appears in the November issue of Pediatrics.