Seven in 10 employers provide wellness benefits, including flu shots, health screenings and weight management programs, which are contributing to the improved lives of their employees, according to the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans' recent survey, Wellness Programs and Value-Based Health Care.

The survey shows that wellness programs have become more popular over the past 10 years, and while nearly 60 percent of respondents have implemented new wellness programs since 2008, despite the economy, 23.7 percent of respondents have begun offering them since 2010. Nearly two-thirds of respondents have also increased their wellness budgets over the past five years.

"Without question, employers are beginning to understand the direct connection that wellness initiatives can have on both employees' health and health care plan cost savings," says Michael Wilson, CEO of International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

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