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What we can learn from the PepsiCo wellness study

Wellness enthusiasts and skeptics can find things to like in the PepsiCo wellness study, published recently in the journal Health Affairs.

Score one for the enthusiasts: Disease management reduced health care costs by $136 per member per month. Score one for the skeptics: Lifestyle management programs did not save money. But I don’t see the game ending in a tie. 

The study, conducted by RAND Corporation, has plenty to recommend it.  There were plenty of people in the sample: 14,455 participants in disease management, 22,880 in lifestyle management, and 9,324 in both. They had at least one baseline year and at least seven program years to analyze.  They used sophisticated techniques…

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