“Have you wanted to quit smoking for years? Or perhaps lose weight? Wellness programs allow you to do so on your employer’s dime, or at least with your employer helping to pave the way with smoking cessation and weight loss counseling, classes and more,” Napala Pratini writes.

“What’s more, according to the American Heart Association, employees say there’s a long list of benefits that come with participating in the many preventive intervention programs employers are offering.”

Those benefits include:

  • Feeling better
  • Eating healthier
  • Exercising more regularly
  • Having more energy
  • Feeling less stressed
  • Looking better
  • Lowered cholesterol
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Sleeping better

“If tackling a nagging health issue is not an incentive for you, how about earning pocket money? In an attempt to increase participation, many companies offer financial incentives for participating in wellness programs. More than two-thirds of employers that have at least 50 employees and a wellness program use financial incentives to increase participation, so your company may very well be offering financial incentives for developing healthy habits.”