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Your Health 5-8-13 Weight loss & money

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      What would make you or obese people get serious about losing excess weight?
      A new study shows when a health insurer told obese people they could either pay 20 percent more for coverage or start exercising, most of them decided to get active.
       Researchers from the University of Michigan Health System and Stanford University conducted the study.  
    They found more than 6,500 obese people insured by Blue Care Network enrolled in a
 pedometer-based program to obtain insurance discounts, and the majority met their fitness goals.
      After one year, nearly 97 percent of participants in the walking program had met or exceeded the average goal of 5,000 steps a day.
     For some families, the out-of-pocket cost of failing to meet the insurer's fitness requirements was nearly $2,000 more a year.

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