Wellness programs are increasingly popular in the workforce, but employers are taking an extra step to battle rising costs by rewarding employees who follow wellness guidelines and penalizing the ones who don’t. According to a study by MetLife, 17 percent of employers offer health insurance credits for employees following wellness guidelines such as exercise, nutrition, check-ups and disease screenings. Thirty-one percent of employers with 500 or more employees are offering these wellness credits, an increase of 25 percent from last year. One in ten employers, and one in five employers with 500 or more employees, say they impose financial penalties on employees for not following wellness guides.

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