Pollster Gallup is inserting itself into the wellness program fray in a strongly subjective manner. Of late, Gallup has been trumpeting its well-being index, created in an attempt to find out how folks in America are feeling about life in general and, more specifically, about such facets of their lives as their occupation.

Now, combining its well-being surveys with polls of workers soliciting input on company wellness programs, Gallup has released a new guide on wellness programs and how to fix a busted program.

With survey data from previous years as a foundation for its premise, Gallup has concluded that most company wellness plans don't work. Not to worry — Gallup has solutions for those who would increase the effectiveness of their wellness efforts.

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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.