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Study Raises Questions for Employer Wellness Programs
The New York Times; subscription may be required Link to more items from this source
Jan. 6, 2014
"[Wellness] programs have become increasingly popular, as companies aim to lower their medical costs and lift productivity by promoting healthier behavior among workers. About half of employers with at least 50 workers offer them, as do 90 percent of employers with more than 50,000 employees ... [A recent] study by RAND researchers and executives of PepsiCo ... found that programs aimed at helping people with chronic illnesses stay healthy, by educating them and reminding them to take medication, resulted in significant cost savings. But so-called lifestyle management offerings, which aim to reduce health risks through programs focusing on weight loss or stress management, resulted in no net savings at all."

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