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Principal: Workers Appreciate Wellness Programs

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Employees seem to like employer efforts to keep them healthy.

The share of workers who say they and their families benefit most from reduced health care costs associated with employer-sponsored wellness benefits has increased to 55%, up from 48%, according to researchers at Principal Financial Group Inc., Des Moines, Iowa.

When Principal sponsored a survey of employees at employers with 10 to 1,000 employees, they found that 82% of the participants who have access to employer-sponsored health education tools use the tools, and 68% who have access to employer-sponsored wellness seminars attend the seminars.

Employees report participation rates of 81% for blood pressure checks and 73% for cholesterol screenings.