Carrots And Sticks: Workplace Wellness

Carrots And Sticks: Workplace Wellness

Kojo explores the new approaches companies are taking to boost workplace wellness, and whether offering workers financial incentives to get healthy works in the long term.

In the past decade, U.S. health insurance premiums skyrocketed. Employers are now managing those costs by passing more of them onto workers -- and by offering them incentives to live healthier lifestyles. We explore the new approaches companies are taking to boost workplace wellness, and whether such incentives will work in the long run.


Katie Sweeney

Employee Wellness Manager for Arlington County, VA.

Kevin Volpp

Professor of Medicine and Health Care Management at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania; Director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at the Leonard Davis Institute

Ron Goetzel

Research Professor and Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health; Vice President of Consulting and Applied Research, Truven Health Analytics

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HealthSmart Trail Mix Recipe

Healthy snacks like trail mix are not only delicious and nutritious, they're also portable and easy to make. Swap ingredients for a different healthy cereal, nut, and/or dried fruit to make it your own. Recipe developed by Michel Powers-Farber, R.D.

5 cups cereal (like Cinnamon puffs)
2 cups nuts (unsalted pecans)
3/4 cups unsalted pumpkin seeds (Pepitas)
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Combine all ingredients and portion into 1/2 cup servings in baggies.

Nutrition Information
Around 200 calories
Carbs: 17.6 grams
Protein: 9 grams
Fat: 12 grams
Fiber: 4.5 grams

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