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Arkansas plans to reward healthy employees

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 15 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:128
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. Richmond

    The state of Arkansas is launching cash incentives and lower rates of insurance for state employees who show measurable improvements in various health and medical variables, in an attempt to tackle obesity.

    Arkansas is the third unhealthiest state in the United States, if levels of obesity, inactivity, and smoking are any indication. Only Mississippi and West Virginia rank worse than Arkansas, where 24% of the population is obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Increasing levels of obesity are adding to the burden of disease, …

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