About half of U.S. companies recently surveyed by globalconsulting firm Watson Wyatt and the National Business Group onHealth have or are planning to reinforce programs aimed atimproving worker health, despite pressure to reduce benefitsbudgets.

Of more than 280 companies surveyed, 51 percent is planning nochange or a slight increase to their health and productivityprogram budgets, compared with 44 percent that are planning cuts.In addition, nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of employers havealready enhanced their onsite offerings with programs geared towardstress management, EAPs or health coaches, or expect to do so inthe next 12 months.

The findings have been released in a study, the 2009Staying@Work Report.

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