Corporate wellness programs abound today, but that doesn’t mean that they’re all successful. In particular, the latest research finds that most wellness programs fail to reward preventive behaviors that could help members identify or prevent chronic disease.

Despite mounting evidence that incentives such as cash payments or reduced health insurance premiums can significantly boost participation, the majority of wellness programs fail to provide meaningful inducements. Just-released data from wellness platform provider HealthMine reveals that 80% of wellness programs don’t offer incentives for cancer screenings and 66% don’t offer smokers any bonus for quitting. Only 41% of employers offer their employees enticements to use biometric screening, and a scant 17% of employers reward behaviors related to managing existing conditions, such as taking prescribed medication.

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