MINNEAPOLIS-A new study has proven that high-quality employeewellness programs offered by small businesses improve employeehealth and well-being which, in turn, decreases absenteeism,healthcare costs and disability claims.

The study, which was published in the Journal ofOccupational and Environmental Medicine, showed that workplacewellness can be successful in smaller businesses, as well as theirlarger counterparts.

"These findings clearly indicate the dramatic consequencesthat small employer wellness programs can have on multiple domainsof well-being, such as physical health, emotional health andhealthy behaviors of employees," said James E. Pope M.D., coauthorof the article, in a press release about the study. Pope is chiefscience officer at Healthways.

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