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Pedometers bring employees together, maintain health

Through rewards and recognition programs, companies are beginning to understand the importance of their employees' health statuses and their effect on overall firm success.

Through rewards and recognition programs, companies are beginning to understand the importance of their employees' health statuses and their effect on overall firm success.

Many businesses are helping staff members get in shape, quit smoking or eat healthier through group sports leagues, gym memberships and other programs. Many large firms are taking a simple step toward better worker health by advocating staff members walk more.

Domino's Pizza, General Electric and Huntington National Bank are just a few of the entities giving their employees pedometers, the Detroit Free Press reports. To incentivize the use of the devices, they're holding contests to see who can walk the most steps in a given period of time, with rewards ranging from T-shirts to reduced health insurance premiums.

"It's become part of the fabric of our culture," Patti Wilmot, Domino's executive vice president of its initiative PeopleFirst, told the newspaper. "This is a fun thing to do. It creates a lot of camaraderie and a lot of teamwork."

Walking helps employees lose weight, improve their moods, reduce risk of type 2 diabetes, lower blood pressure and manage cholesterol, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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