12 simple ways to boost your wellness program’s effectiveness

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One side effect of the recession: Cash-strapped employees are eating more processed and fast foods and exercising less, studies show. All the more reason for employers to maintain or even expand funding for employee wellness programs.

As your organization watches every dollar it spends on benefits, consider the latest research on what’s working when it comes to employer wellness programs.

Here are a dozen suggestions from surveys, studies and reports that have been published over the past few months:

1. Keep spending on wellness. Even during the recession, a Towers Watson and National Business Group on Health study shows that more than half of companies are maintaining or increasing spending on wellness.

A separate survey by Fidelity Investments shows that, on average, employers spend nearly 2% of their total health care claim dollars on wellness programs. Half plan to add at least one more health improvement plan in 2010, a...(register to read more)

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