Survey: 53% of employees with access to wellness programs report positive health effects

Many employees are seeing benefits from wellness programs, according to UnitedHealthcare's 2018 Wellness Checkup Survey.

For the survey, conducted April 5-8 and April 12-15, researchers polled 630 U.S. adults employed full time.

Here are three survey findings:

1. Fifty-three percent of respondents with access to wellness programs spoke positively of the initiatives and their health effects. The survey showed 88 percent of those people said they had incentives to focus more on their health, while a majority (67 percent) reported weight loss; and 56 percent reported fewer sick days.

2. Most respondents without access to wellness programs (73 percent) said they would be interested in these programs if available. Baby boomers in particular seek these programs, according to the survey, with nearly 85 percent of respondents in that age group saying such.

3. Only 29 percent of respondents reported willingness to spend more than an hour daily on health-related activities, and 31 percent of respondents with access to wellness programs reported willingness to spend that much time each day on their health.

Read more about the findings here.  


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