Media note: Watch study author Jean Abraham, Ph.D., discuss her study findings here.
New research from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota finds incentive-based employer wellness programs were effective in promoting fitness center attendance among participants, but that its impact begins to diminish after their first year in the program.
The findings were published today in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
“Incentive-based programs that encourage employees to go to the gym are a popular type of wellness program offered by many large employers today,” said Jean Abraham, Ph.D., lead author and associate professor of health policy and management in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. “In this study, we sought to understand what happens over time with respect to employees’ fitness center attendance.”