Weight Loss for Health and Better Premiums for Group Health and Life Insurance

At the beginning of 2010, there was a huge initiative pressed by the health care insurance industry to get workers on company plans to lose weight. You may remember being handed a pedometer and being asked to walk around your building at lunch. This has since become commonplace, but was partially spawned by Japanese companies firing employees for being overweight and being a drain on their health benefits plans and life insurance.

Health Insurance

It may sound tacky, it may sound like a terrible thing, but if the company wants you to lose weight, there is almost no reason to stop them from requiring it. It is however, a very different story if they refuse to hire you because of a weight issue that you may have. If you are working for a company that is forcing healthy living and exercise upon you, it is your right to either stay with that company or move on because of their views on healthcare. Unfortunately, during a time of this economic slump it may be difficult to be choosy about the place where you are employed.

Life Insurance

The best thing that can be done is to make an effort, even a minimal one. As long as you are participating, they can not force you out of the plan. If you do not comply, then that could be a completely different story.

Group Health Insurance

All health plans and companies are different. Make sure to check with your HR representative to find out the stipulations to be considered as compliant with the company initiative and follow those to the letter.