FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Cumberland County workers will soon have to tighten their waists to fatten their wallets.

The Fayetteville Observer reports ( that starting next year, workers have to meet health-improvement targets to get discounted health insurance.

Last year, the county spent almost $18 million on health insurance. Claims were up 11 percent from the previous year. High blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes were where most of the claims were made.

In the past, county workers received a $30 discount on monthly premiums if they attended an annual wellness fair.

Next month they will be weighed, and their blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels checked as a benchmark. They will then have to make improvements to keep the health insurance discount. Workers who don't participate don't get the discount.

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