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Do Workplace Wellness Programs Really Save Money?

The Associated Press/Washington Post: A Study Raises Doubts That Workplace Wellness Programs Save Companies Money
Your bosses want you to eat your broccoli, hit the treadmill and pledge you'll never puff on a cigarette. But a new study raises doubts that workplace wellness programs save the company money. Independent researchers tracking the wellness program at a major St. Louis hospital system for two years found that while hospitalizations for employees and family members dropped dramatically — by 41 percent overall for six major conditions — increased outpatient costs erased those savings (Alonso-Zaldivar, 3/18).

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