When eight out of 10 large employers offer wellness programming as a benefit to employees, it is clear that these employers value wellness. According to the National Business Group on Health, they each spend about $3.6 million annually on wellness programs. What is less clear is whether employees value them.

Surveys continue to report that a disconnect exists between the programs and employees. Simply put, utilization has, in most cases, never lived up to the expectations.

But a recent study suggests that perhaps the problem lies with how the wellness transaction occurs. Typically, wellness vendors offer programs with various components, and employers, often driven by budget concerns, will select from among them.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.