1) As most of you already know, the state of Alabama is going to start charging its fat employees $25 a month for insurance that would otherwise be free.
The State Employees’ Insurance Board earlier this month approved a plan to charge state workers starting in January 2010 if they don’t get free health screenings.
If the screenings turn up serious problems with blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose or obesity, employees will have a year to see a doctor at no cost, enroll in a wellness program or take steps on their own to improve their health. If they show progress in a follow-up screening, they won’t be charged. But if they don’t, they must pay starting in January 2011….
The board will apply the obesity charge to anyone with a body mass index of 35 or higher who is not making progress. A person 5 feet 6 inches tall weighing 220 pounds, for example, would have a BMI of 35.5. A BMI of 30 is considered the threshold for obesity.
Discuss. And thanks to the many people who sent me a link.
2) On a happier note, one of the Shapelings named Rowan just mentioned our beloved rhino tee in an e-mail, and I discovered that Threadless has stock in all adult sizes again — up to 3X unisex and 2X girly. Yay! I totally just bought one. And I will totally be wearing it to the gym.