Why Workers in Turkey Are Encouraged to Be Late For Work

TIME

Can giving people time off incentivize them to exercise? That’s what the governor of the Erdine province in Turkey is betting on.

Our Cure is Sport is a new health initiative that will be implemented in the western Turkish province of Erdine. Government workers who participate in the program will be allowed to clock in an hour later than their usual start time, according to Turkish news site Haber 7. Workers will be helped to find a sport that suits them and have access to a dietician.

The initiative is one way in which Turkey is fighting obesity, which has become a growing problem in Europe over the last few years. With 61.9% of its adult population overweight and 27.8% obese, Turkey ranks third in the region by prevalence of obesity, and has the seventh largest percentage of people who are overweight, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)…

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