Wellness Business
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About this project

Corporate wellness programs have been around for a long time. But they’re best known for luring well-paid, white-collar workers into a company gym or exercise class. Now, though, wellness programs are expanding rapidly beyond that base, with many companies providing exercise or weight-reduction opportunities for blue-collar workers as well. Increasingly, workers will see yet another side to this healthy-living campaign – companies that slap higher health-insurance rates on workers who smoke or are overweight.


Beyond white collar workers, wellness programs growing

When you hear the phrase workplace wellness you might think of a Google employee doing yoga. But these days, bosses from Silicon Valley to manufacturing plants are trying to get their workers in better shape.


Kelley Weiss

Broadcast reporter Kelley Weiss is based in our Sacramento office where she’s helping lead the center’s expansion into public broadcasting. Her stories have appeared on NPR, Marketplace, The World, KQED Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio and World Vision Report. She’s produced series about the illegal sale of prescription drugs at swap meets and preventable patient deaths and money mismanagement in Missouri’s mental health system. She won a 2009 national Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting and has received several honors in the Association of Health Care Journalists awards competition. She was named a Livingston Finalist in 2011 for a multi-platform project about how tribal sovereignty makes it nearly impossible for mothers to collect child support. Weiss previously worked as a health care reporter at Capital Public Radio in Sacramento and KCUR in Kansas City. Her work has also appeared in Reuters, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Center for Investigative Reporting. She’s completed a health reporting fellowship from the Association of Health Care Journalists and has a journalism degree from the University of Kansas.

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