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9/9/02

HealthWise at 5 From 9.9

  • It Doesn't "Pay" to be Overweight

It doesn't pay to be overweight. That's the finding of a new study which says obese workers are, on average, paid less than the thinner guy with the same job. The study in the journal "Health Economics" says obese men suffered a wage penalty of up to 4 1/2%, while women were penalized as much as 6.2%. It may not sound like much if the difference is say a $1.25 an hour, but the researchers point out that little bit adds up to a difference of over $100,000 over a 40 year career. The study is based on data collected from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Alzheimer's Bracelets

Earl Sexton walked out his front door in oregon last year with a hiking boot on one foot a dress shoe on the other and never came back. His wife, Ardis, says if only he had been wearing some identification that he suffered from Alzheimer's, he might have been directed back toward home. Ardis wants to get the word out now that there are special tracking bracelets that might have helped Earl and others like him who suffer from Dementia. "The closer you get to the victim, it chirps like a bird and gets louder and louder," says Ardis. 

"Well, if you've seen it on the Discovery Channel, tracking bears, orcas, whatever they want to track," says Steve Harrison, with the Clark County Sheriff's Department. The technology is old, but new and effective in tracking patients with Alzheimer's. It's something sheriff's deputies say can help authorities locate a missing Alzheimer's patient in less than an hour. Earl, sadly, has never been found.

If you'd like more information on these tracking bracelets, you can (click here) or call  1-800-842-4537.

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