Corporate America's investments in fitness programs for workersare beginning to pay some dividends, according to a poll of largeemployers conducted by the National Business Group on Health.

“More and more employers are seeing the value of helping theirworkers become and stay fit and trim,” said Helen Darling, thegroup's president. “Over the past few years, we have seen a growingnumber of companies implementing various fitness programs aimed athelping workers lose weight, eat healthy, and create an overallhealthy lifestyle.”

Of the companies responding to the poll, 56 percent reportedincreased morale among their workforces as a result of theirfitness programs and initiatives. Other benefits included reducedhealth-care costs, according to 27 percent, and 20 percentexperienced increased worker productivity and decreasedabsenteeism.

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