Three-quarters of volunteers say volunteering has made them feel physically healthier and lowered their stress levels, according to a new study released by UnitedHealthGroup and the Optum Institute. The study also illustrates that employers benefit from employees who volunteer in terms of better employee health and in professional skills development that employees use in the workplace.

Volunteers are also more engaged in their health than nonvolunteers, with 80% of the people who've volunteered in the past 12 months saying they feel they have control over their health.

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