Wellness plans in general appear to be gaining traction among American workers, with many showing more interest in their company's program. At the same time, engagement remains uneven, and the programs may be raising heightened expectations among employees — expectations that often aren't being fulfilled.

A survey of nearly 2,000 U.S. workers puts some of these issues into greater perspective. The HealthMine Consumer Wellness Report shows "that while most consumers enrolled in wellness programs like them and feel they help them manage their health, a majority report that they do not stay engaged in their programs throughout the year. In addition, many are unsure if their wellness programs are helping lower their health care costs."

Key findings from the survey, when viewed by response categories, include:

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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.