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Are Your Healthly Lifestyle Choices Any of Your Boss’ Business?

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Nobody should care more about your health than you do, but a lot of companies are doing their part to encourage you to live a healthier lifestyle.

Do a wellness screening, get $50. Stop smoking, enjoy lower insurance premiums. Hit a weight or cholesterol target, get a contribution to your health savings account.

That’s the good news.  The bad news?  Some companies will penalize you for bad behavior. Workers at Wal-Mart Stores Inc pay a surcharge of $10 per pay period if they smoke, for example.

According to a survey:

61 percent of employers offered wellness-related financial rewards in 2012, up from 54 percent in 2011.

And 20 percent are now assessing penalties, up from 19 percent in 2011.

So the big question is do you want your company to have a say in how you live your life outside the office?  If you’re already living a healthy lifestyle, the answer is pretty easy and you probably appreciate the extra income.  But if you’re not making the best decisions, it might end up costing you at home AND at work.

Does anyone have a problem with that?

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