Employers have doubled their spending on wellness incentives in the last four years, new research finds.

According to a new employer survey conducted by Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health out Wednesday, employers plan to spend an average of $521 this year per employee on wellness-based incentives within corporate health care programs, double the per employee average of $260 reported in 2009. That's also a 13 percent jump from the average of $460 reported for 2011.

Growth is particularly evident in the mid-sized market, as 77 percent of employers plan to offer wellness-based incentives in 2013, more than double the 38 percent of mid-market employers that offered wellness-based incentives in 2010.

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