Participants in wellnessprograms were motivated to pay more attention to their health, lostweight and reported fewer sick days. (Photo:Shutterstock)

Employers' wellness programs are accomplishing theirintended purpose: employees who participate say they are healthier– and more productive at work, according toUnitedHealthcare's 2018 Wellness Check Up Survey.

More than half (53 percent) of people with access to wellnessprograms say the initiatives have made a positive impact on theirhealth. Of these, 88 percent say they were motivated to pay moreattention to their health; 67 percent say they lost weight; and 56percent 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.