This month, Orszag has been trying to wield a different sort of influence around Washington. The avid runner lauched the OMB Pedometer Challenge, an effort to help his co-workers in the federal government burn off extra calories. Federal employees who volunteer to wear pedometers and out-step the OMB director have a chance to win prizes, including free lunches and a "happy healthy hour" for the winning team. "When you measure something and have a competition surrounding it," Orszag explained in a White House video, "it creates a strong incentive to do more of it." Better health, he added, may be the "ultimate prize."
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