Durham city employees may be getting Fitbits for as little as $5 if the City Council gives its OK on April 4.
The city discussed the program at their work session last week. The proposal would subsidize the fitness trackers for the city’s 2,500 benefits-eligible employees, costing up to $135,000.
Wellness program manager Meaghan O’Neal said the trackers would be used for Fitbit-based challenges to promote physical activity and fitness among city employees.
Council member Steve Schewel was concerned about what information would be shared with city management and how users’ privacy would be protected.
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According to Regina Youngblood, the city’s director of human resources, administrators would be able to see users’ names, titles, departments, the number of steps they had taken and the number of active minutes. Beyond that, employees would be able to choose what else they shared.
Youngblood also said the information would not be released to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the city’s insurer.
The program would offer six different Fitbit options. The most expensive costs $204.00, or $154.00 with the subsidy.
Mayor Bill Bell said he has a basic Fitbit and was glad to learn that, through the program, he might be able to upgrade it.