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At the start of each year, millions of Americans make resolutions to lose weight, stop smoking or live a healthier lifestyle. As January comes and goes, these resolutions fade and old habits prevail. National health care costs have risen to well over $1 trillion a year, due in part to Americans’ unhealthy habits. According to a recent study by Purdue University, 74 percent of American health care costs are due to lifestyle-related behaviors and are, therefore, preventable. In an effort to reduce long-term costs, many organizations are searching for ways to inspire employees to lead healthier lifestyles, and wellness programs can be a way to do just that.

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