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April 16, 2019

Employer Wellness Programs—A Work in Progress

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
JAMA. 2019;321(15):1462-1463. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.3376

Approximately 4 of 5 large US employers offer a wellness program as part of their employees’ health benefits.1 Workplace wellness programs include a coordinated set of activities that support employees in making changes to health behaviors that may reduce their risk for certain chronic conditions and enable employees with existing diagnoses to manage them more effectively. Comprehensive, multicomponent programs typically include health assessments and biometric screening to quantify risk factors; education and coaching for lifestyle behavior modification (eg, tobacco cessation, physical activity promotion, stress reduction, and weight management); and in some cases, chronic disease management.

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