Try this item on for size, courtesy of the Daily Signal:
As part of it's "Healthy U Wellness Program," the Des Moines (IA) Public School District will spend $375k for teachers to receive free "Fitbits" (electronic wristbands that track the wearer's activity and calories burned).
- $200 to any full-time employee who participates in the wellness program;
- $100 to each teacher who has a free biometric scan;
- an additional $100 to any full-time employee who meets 6 of 24 (25%) wellness goals (e.g., going to the dentist, joining a bowling league, or watching a webinar), BUT if these goals are excessively difficult, an employee can personalize wellness goals; and,
- part-time employees are also eligible for the program and the free Fitbit.
All of this adds up to real taxpayer $$$s. In this case, the District will spend $1.5M+ in the 2014-2015 fiscal year to get its employees to become more active.
Why The Motley Monk's emphasis and italics on become?
The District's program offers "carrots," but it has no "sitcks." $0 of that $1.5M+ is going to be spent in supervising the program's participants. Instead, all fitness goals are self-reported, there are no actual fitness benchmarks, and no objective success measures are provided.
As is typical of most justifications provided for government funded strategic investments, Des Moines Public School District officials insist that each $1.00 spent will save the District $3.24. "Just saying that will satisfy people," those officials were probably thinking. However, those same officials won't provide an explanation about how they derived that figure.
Come to think of it, the Des Moines taxpayers probably will be satisfied. They've probably already done the math on their Fitbit. Let's see:
Let the discussion begin...
To read the article in the Daily Signal, click on the following link:
"Teachers Get Outfitted With Fitbits at Taxpayer Expense."