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Employee Weight Loss Programs Offered By Half of Employers Who Provide Wellness Programs
Date:2/6/2009

Recent Survey Examines Employer Offered Wellness Programs

Brookfield, Wisconsin (PRWEB) February 6, 2009 -- Watching your weight? So is your employer. A recent survey conducted by the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans found that of those organizations that offer wellness programs, 49% offer a weight loss program.

When asked their primary reason for offering a wellness program, the largest proportion of survey respondents, 46%, cite controlling health care costs, followed by 35% who say they want to help workers enjoy better overall physical health.

“Employers want to control health care costs and are implementing wellness programs under the assumption that it is less expensive to prevent rather than treat most medical conditions,” said Kelli Kolsrud, Senior Information/Research Specialist at the International Foundation.

“Helping employees maintain a healthy weight is one way employers believe they can control health care costs,” said Kolsrud. “Employee weight loss programs have gained popularity in recent years. These programs are often successful because participants have a built in support system. Morning donuts are replaced with fresh fruit, lunch hours are spent walking with colleagues—it’s really about building a culture of wellness that encourages success.”

Wellness initiatives vary in form and complexity from one employer to another.


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