LAS VEGAS—Don’t even think about considering wellness programs as just aflash in the pan. New research from the Society for Human ResourceManagement finds that wellness programs are continuing to grow inprevalence in workplaces around the country.

The organization’s annual survey, released Monday during SHRM’sannual conference in Las Vegas, found a significant jump from 2014to 2015 in several different wellness benefits including health andlifestyle coaching, smoking cessation programs, and premiumdiscounts for getting an annual risk assessment. The most prevalentwellness benefits offered are wellness resources and information(80 percent of respondents) and wellness programs (70 percent).

Employers are increasingly turning to wellness programs tocombat rising health care costs, SHRMsaid. Some employers are putting their efforts into preventativeprograms that may reduce costs while shifting a greater burden ofcosts onto employees.

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