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Half of all American workplaces offer health and wellness programs

Source: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Workplace health promotion programs are increasing in the US, according to researchers. Nearly half of all workplaces in the nation offer some level of health promotion or wellness programs and 17% of workplaces with 50 or more employees offer comprehensive workplace health promotion programs.

The 2017 Workplace Health in America Survey is the most recent national survey of workplace health promotion programs, and the first of its kind in 13 years.

The survey assessed the current status of employer-based health promotion programs, addressing nutrition, stress, physical activity, alcohol and substance abuse, sleep and a variety of other health topics

Other key findings from the study included:

  • The percentage of worksites with a workplace health promotion program increased with the size of the employer, ranging from 39% of worksites with 10-24 employees, to 60% of worksites with 50-99 employees, to 92% of worksites with 500 or more employees

  • Almost 30% of worksites offered some type of program to address physical activity, fitness, or sedentary behavior

  • About 19% of worksites offered a program to help employees stop using tobacco products

  • About 17% of worksites offered a program to address obesity or weight management

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