Sunday, January 31, 2010

Weigh More, Pay More

Whole Foods is offering bigger employee discounts to workers who stay in shape.

The grocery chain will give 30% discounts to those who don't smoke and have low blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index (BMI) rates, said CEO John Mackey.

Workers who sign up for the voluntary plan are given free health screenings and assigned to one of four categories: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

Those showing "platinum" health will earn 30% discounts; "gold" gets 27% and silver 25%, while "bronze" wins 22% off. (All employees will continue to get 20% discounts whether they sign up or not, but management is hoping the discounts will convince the workforce to trim down.)

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