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May 26, 2020

Taking Stock of Employer Wellness Program Effectiveness—Where Should Employers Invest?

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  • 1Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
JAMA Intern Med. 2020;180(7):960-961. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.1402

Today, most large US employers offer their workers access to wellness programs as part of their compensation. These programs typically include a coordinated set of activities for employees to assess their health risks and engage in lifestyle behavior modification. Historically, employer investments in these programs have been motivated by the prospect of an economic return in the form of lower employer medical costs for workers and increased worker productivity resulting from disease prevention or improved management of conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, depression, and lower back pain.

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