April 2, 2013

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1 Samoa Air to Charge Passengers by Weight

Samoa Air has announced it will now charge passengers not by the seat but by weight. The smallish airline, which just began operating last year and only flies between Pacific islands, will charge from $1 per kilogram (2.2 pounds) on its shortest flight to $4.15 per kilo on its longest. Its CEO notes that since it uses only small planes, some with as few as 8 seats, it is unable to "average out" a few very heavy passengers per planeload. Each passenger's baggage fee will also be based on weight rather than a standard charge. Passengers with little baggage, or families with small children, will actually wind up paying less than average. Passengers will have to estimate their weight, with baggage, when buying tickets online, and make up any difference at the airport before boarding.

More at News.com.au | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Samoa Air, Airline Fees, Charging Air Passengers by Weight

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Competition and Money

2 Paying Groups to Lose Weight Works

The element of competition combined with financial reward leads to successful weight loss, finds a new study. The six-month study from the University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon and the University of Michigan involved employees of a PA hospital and compared two weight loss strategies. One paid individuals $100/month to meet goals; the other offered groups of five people $500/month with those who met their goals receiving the balance of money from those who did not. Those in groups lost seven pounds more than individuals. The results were likely tied to the larger monetary reward as well as the element of competition, say researchers who add that a lot of employers are offering incentive programs. “With a little design help they can make those programs much more effective.”

More at Www.uphs.upenn.edu | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Obesity May Lead to Vitamin D Deficiency

Tags: Carnegie Mellon University, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, Weight Loss, Incentivizing Weight Loss, Weight Loss Groups, Competition among Dieters

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