Most employer-sponsored wellness programs are stuck, says Dr. Dee Edington, founder & CEO of Edington Associates LLC. The health management expert explains that many in the wellness field have not looked beyond biometrics and poorly aligned incentives. Implementing a successful wellness program starts with awareness, but with time and experience, employers "are expanding their program beyond health risks to address the whole person - behavioral psychology, physical health, social well-being and career well-being," explains Gina Payne, national director of wellness at CBIZ Employee Services.

EBN profiles three progressive employers - Nationwide Insurance, Heartland Health and Cerner Corporation - who have developed strategic and innovative wellness initiatives that succeed in part because benefits and business leaders have ingrained wellness as a core part of their business strategy and culture.

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