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Wellness programs help employers manage costs

UnitedHealthcare's health and wellness programs help employers and employees achieve and maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. By working collaboratively with employers, UnitedHealthcare helps implement wellness programs that feature interactive tools, resources, information and online programs. These programs help improve the health and well-being of employees, while also helping employers more effectively manage health care costs.

Typically, employees begin the voluntary wellness program by completing a brief health assessment, which helps identify potential health risks. Depending on the results, employees are encouraged to enroll in one or more health improvement programs, including for nutrition, smoking cessation, stress management and diabetes, among others.

UnitedHealthcare can also help employers drive participation in their wellness program by integrating financial incentives. Through UnitedHealthcare's Simply Engaged plan, participating employees can earn gift cards to dozens of major retailers for completing an online health assessment, working with a wellness coach or completing self-paced online wellness courses. UnitedHealthcare also works with companies with self-funded insurance plans to implement wellness programs with customized incentives, providing for greater flexibility and innovation.

UnitedHealthcare has seen more and more companies adopt wellness programs as a way to improve employee health and productivity, as well as to better manage health care costs. The reason is clear: On average, a $1 investment in a wellness program saves $3 in health care costs, according to the Wellness Council of America.

More information about UnitedHealthare and its health and wellness programs is available at www.uhc.com.

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