Walk with me!

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“Is this a Fitbit?” I asked my customer and pointed at her fancy wristband.

“Yes, it is. Our health insurance requires us to wear it.”

“Are you serious?” I couldn’t believe what I just heard.

She explained to me, wearing a Fitbit was recommended by her Employer. The data from the Fitbit is automatically synced to a program that the Health Insurance Company and the Employer have access to and -if the Employee walks the recommended 10,000 steps a day (every day) then they get a 20% premium discount.

That’s quite a motivation to stay active; that’s a lot of money. “I wonder how many people put it on their dog?” I couldn’t help but wonder, and she laughed.

“We all attached it to the ceiling fan at work first,” she confessed, and we both roared with laughter.

They got caught, it didn’t work for long.

“I suppose it’s hard to trick modern technology,” I said, still chuckling.

“Oh, no,” it’s actually quite easy. We all have a  Chines cat on our desk for good luck. It works like a charm.”

I didn’t get it right away and then she explained.

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28 thoughts on “Walk with me!

  1. I can’t decide if I like the idea or not- my Health Insurance offered a gym discount if a person went a certain amount of times a week. I suppose it can be motivating, but the “tricking” or taking advantage leaves me wondering.

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  2. Holy Crap! As a privacy professional, I’m appalled by this!! The potential for abuse of this information is frightening. I can’t imagine a company here trying to do that without the Privacy Commissioner jumping all over it.
    On the surface it appears to be a promotion for good health, but since when do insurance companies do anything that isn’t intended to ultimately improve their bottom line?!
    Good grief!

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