Do Financial Incentives for Increasing Physical Activity Work?

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Annals of Internal Medicine In the February 16, 2016 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine,  UPenn PRC Director Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, UPenn PRC researcher David Asch, MD, MBA, and co-authors reported on a study to test the effectiveness of offering financial incentives to increase physical activity among overweight and obese adults.

Participants were divided among three groups. Researchers found the most powerful incentive was the possibility of losing money that would be taken away if a 7,000-step daily goal was not met.  This finding suggest a new approach which may be helpful to the most sedentary overweight and obese.

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