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Fewer employees are placing a high priority on managing and improving their health, according to a recent Towers Watson survey of more than 9,000 large- and mid-size employees.

“As employees cope with a period of high financial and personal stress, the focus on improving health has taken a back seat,” says Jeff Levin-Scherz, a physician and senior health care consultant at Towers Watson. “Chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, are the No. 1 driver of health care costs, and employers are increasingly committed to offering programs that can empower employees to manage their health and prevent the risks that lead to these diseases.

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