How Can Wellness Programs Save Employers Money While Making Employees Healthier and More Productive?

More than half of all Americans receive health insurance through their workplace. Increasingly, employers are complementing health insurance benefits by offering wellness programs that help improve employee health and productivity, lower health care costs, and boost the bottom line.

Wellness programs are a cost-effective way to reduce employers' health care expenses and promote better health and productivity among employees. Wellness programs often include a variety of measures, such as health assessments and screenings, tobacco cessation and weight loss programs, and subsidized gym memberships.

This Health Policy Snapshot, published online in August 2012, examines the successes of various health wellness programs in improving employee health.

Read more from RWJF's Health Policy Snapshot series.

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