A new study says ‘wellness’ programs don’t save money for employers

The study followed some 33,000 employees of BJ’s Wholesale Club, a big East Coast warehouse retailer, for 18 months. Although participants in the company’s wellness program did report getting more exercise and managing their weight better than nonparticipants, there were “no significant differences in…clinical markers of health; health care spending or utilization; or absenteeism, tenure, or job performance,” the study found.

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