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Congress plans incentives for healthy habits

New York Times, May 11, 2009
Congress is planning to give employers sweeping new authority to reward employees for healthy behavior, including better diet, more exercise, weight loss, and smoking cessation. Congress is seriously considering proposals to provide tax credits or other subsidies to employers who offer wellness programs that meet federal criteria. In addition, lawmakers said they would make it easier for employers to use financial rewards or penalties to promote healthy behavior among employees.