Study: No quick savings from workplace wellness

Associated Press
Study: No quick savings from workplace wellness

The Barnes-Jewish Hospital is seen in St. Louis, Monday, March 4, 2013. 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. In what’s being called the most rigorous look yet inside the wellness trend, independent researchers tracked the program at a major St. Louis hospital system for two years. Employee hospitalizations dropped dramatically, by 41 percent overall for six targeted conditions. But increased outpatient costs erased those savings. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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