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Study says wellness programs pay off

Raleigh News & Observer, October 21, 2008
A study to be released by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina showed that companies willing to make small investments in wellness initiatives see long-term returns. The study showed that companies that offer comprehensive wellness programs see a 25% to 30% decrease in medical and absenteeism costs in about 3.6 years. These decreases will be more significant to employers as healthcare costs continue to rise, said Blue Cross representatives.