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Well-designed, well-executed workplace wellness programs can reduce health risks (such as smoking and physical inactivity), lower health care costs, and improve productivity. RAND researchers determined that these programs are becoming a standard component of benefits packages but that not all of them are created equal: Some generate cost savings whereas others do not, and there are substantial differences in how programs are being designed and implemented. This toolkit synthesizes the lessons learned and best practices from multiple projects and many years of research into a five-step guide for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a successful workplace wellness program.

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