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Incentives — including cash — helped people raise their step counts

The Washington Post

People who were given incentives to exercise more for a year — including daily feedback and cash rewards — added 1,500 steps (about three-fourths of a mile) to their daily step counts, according to research published in the journal Circulation. They also added about 40 minutes of moderate exercise to their activity routine each week.

“Even moderate exercise can drastically reduce cardiovascular risk, so finding low-cost ways to get people moving and stay in a fitness program that they can do at home is a huge win for public health,” the National Institutes of Health, which funded the study, noted in a statement.

This Washington Post story featured CHIBE’s BE-ACTIVE study led by Alexander Fanaroff, MD, MHS, and CHIBE Director Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD.