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June is Employee Wellness Month, the perfect time to take a close look at your wellness program and other initiatives to improve physical, mental and financial health.

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Participants in wellness programs were motivated to pay more attention to their health, lost weight and reported fewer sick days. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Employers’ wellness programs are accomplishing their intended purpose: employees who participate say they are healthier – and more productive at work, according to UnitedHealthcare’s 2018 Wellness Check Up Survey.

More than half (53 percent) of people with access to wellness programs say the initiatives have made a positive impact on their health. Of these, 88 percent say they were motivated to pay more attention to their health; 67 percent say they lost weight; and 56 percent reported fewer sick days.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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