The top health conditions that concern employers are obesity, stress and lack of exercise, according to a national survey by the Society for Human Resource Management and the Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota.

The survey also finds that 49 percent of respondents say containing health insurance costs is the primary health-related problem for employers. Decreased productivity is also a major concern, cited by 35 percent of respondents, followed by absenteeism, 30 percent of respondents say. Another 27 percent of respondents say lowering the number of workers' compensation or disability claims is a key health-related issue for employers.  

"The advantages of having a healthy, fit work force are likely the reason why more than half of organizations currently have wellness programs," says Alex Alonso, vice president of research at SHRM.

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