Common sense suggests that sprawling out on the sofa and binge-watching “The Walking Dead” while plowing through endless bags of potato chips and super-sized, sugar-laden sodas has got to be less healthy than, say, knocking off a couple of miles on a treadmill. For administrators of corporate wellness programs, however, proving the link between good health and lower corporate medical bills has proved, well, elusive.

Which is a problem, because according to a report published last year by the RAND Corp.—“The Workplace Wellness Programs Study”—slightly more than half of U.S. companies with more than 50 employees offer workers some sort of wellness program. And while most of these companies were certain that their wellness plans “reduced medical costs, absenteeism and health-related productivity losses,” only about half the organizations had ever formally evaluated their wellness plans. Of those that had, only 2 percent reported actual cost savings.

Complete your profile to continue reading and get FREE access to, part of your ALM digital membership.

Your access to unlimited content isn’t changing.
Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Critical information including cutting edge post-reform success strategies, access to educational webcasts and videos, resources from industry leaders, and informative Newsletters.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM, BenefitsPRO magazine and events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including and

Already have an account?



Join BenefitsPRO

Don’t miss crucial news and insights you need to navigate the shifting employee benefits industry. Join now!

  • Unlimited access to - your roadmap to thriving in a disrupted environment
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including and
  • Exclusive discounts on and ALM events.

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join BenefitsPRO

Copyright © 2023 ALM Global, LLC. All Rights Reserved.