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With increasing health care costs and an aging workforce, employers have been turning to wellness programs to prevent disease and encourage healthy lifestyle choices. According to a 2015 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 76 percent of respondents offered a wellness program to employees.

This growth makes sense considering the cost savings. For example, a Harvard study in 2010 found that for each dollar spent on wellness programs, medical costs decreased by $3.27 and absenteeism costs decreased by $2.73.

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