By DAVE McMILLION
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Some companies starting wellness programs have come up with novel ways to encourage employees to live healthy lifestyles, such as bonuses to those who quit smoking.
But an expert in the field warns that the material rewards may only be effective for a short time.
Workers should find an "internal reward" for following a healthy lifestyle, said Michael Todt, director of Sharpe Hospital, a mental hospital in Weston, W.Va.
Organizers of wellness programs can help workers find those internal rewards by showing them how healthy habits can allow them to better enjoy hobbies or activities that are important to them, such as hunting, Todt said.