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There’s no way to know whether the high-profile wellness program Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel put in place for city employees is actually working, wrote the city’s Inspector General Joe Ferguson in an advisory expressing skepticism over the program and its costs. 

The city does not “track or measure” the program, known as “Chicago Lives Healthy,” which it pays American Healthways Services $3 million a year to manage, the report says. Because no one knows whether the program has spurred city employees to exercise more often, stop smoking or eat healthier, the city has no sense of whether the $10 million it has spent on the initiative since 2012 has helped rein in health care costs, according to the advisory. 

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