Employers are moving from participation-oriented to outcomes-oriented wellness programs because they want to see immediate changes, according to Dr. Dee Edington, CEO and founder of Edington Associates. However, he considers this to be the wrong move for the wrong reasons.

"They are in a panic that employees are not changing fast enough, that they aren't losing weight fast enough," says Edington. He explains that "employers are moving toward [outcomes-oriented wellness programs] in some cases more rapidly than we thought because they are driven by their need or perceived need to make a business case to their CFO."

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