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Some employers are offering financial incentives, or are planning to introduce them, to get their employees to lose weight or get healthier in other ways. One example, Ohio-Health, have launched a program that pays employees to wear pedometers and get paid for walking. The more they walk, the more thy win - up to $500 a year. According to studies carried out, including one conducted by Cornell University, who looked at seven employer programs, the results were disappointing with little weight being dropped. If companies asked the experts, they might be counseled to make their incentives more dramatic - more cash or a bigger penalty in premium costs. Psychologists say people are more motivated by the risk of losing their own money than by a chance they'll win somebody else's. Applying that idea to weight loss, some studies have set up refundable bond systems. Volunteers sign a contract agreeing to lose a certain amount of weight by a certain date or they forfeit their deposited money.
Sometimes employees find out that just a change of culture is all that is needed so here at Rideshare we hope that the good habits, which began in this year's Bike Month, will be carried on throughout the year as, here in San Luis Obispo County, we have the employers who provide great incentives just for walking & biking to work (also for carpooling, vanpooling and using transit too) so register at www.irideshare.org and, if you are already registered, keep logging your calendar so you receive incentives and also enter our monthly drawings (raffle) to win interesting and fun prizes.