A study by Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health has found that employers plan to increase incentive budgets by 15 percent this year compared to 2013.

The study found that corporations are allocating an average of $594 per employee in wellness incentives, up from $521 last year.

"While the use and measurement of corporate wellness programs continue to evolve, it has become clear that many employers understand the value of — and are committed to — wellness-based incentives in their company health plan," said Robert Kennedy, Health & Welfare Practice Leader with Fidelity's Benefits Consulting business.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.