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Fact-of-the-Week: 11 April 2011


fact of the week

INCENTIVES LACKING FOR PARTICIPATION IN WELLNESS PROGRAMS


According to the 2010 Kaiser Health Benefits Survey, "almost three-fourths (74%) of employers that offer health benefits offer at least one of the following wellness programs: weight loss program, gym membership discounts or on-site exercise facilities, smoking cessation program, personal health coaching, classes in nutrition or healthy living, web-based resources for healthy living, or a wellness newsletter." ... Of firms offering health benefits and one of these specified wellness programs, only a small percentage (10%) also provide incentives for workers to participate in the wellness program.


Kaiser Family Foundation & Health Research and Educational Trust. (2010). Employer health benefits 2010 annual survey. (pg. 6-7) Menlo Park, CA: Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved from http://ehbs.kff.org/pdf/2010/8085.pdf