"Since 1995, the percentage of Johnson & Johnson employees who smoke has dropped by more than two-thirds. The number who have high blood pressure or who are physically inactive also has declined—by more than half. That’s great, obviously, but should it matter to managers? Well, it turns out that a comprehensive, strategically designed investment in employees’ social, mental, and physical health pays off. J&J’s leaders estimate that wellness programs have cumulatively saved the company $250 million on health care costs over the past decade; from 2002 to 2008, the return was $2.71 for every dollar spent." - Harvard Business Review
Since most Americans get their healthcare from their employer, it makes sense that changes to one's health and wellness will likely arrive at work. Wellness programs are becoming more and more common in big business and even smaller businesses are catching up with massive companies like Johnson & Johnson when it comes to taking care of their employees.
One of the least discussed parts of Obamacare if the federal incentives that were put in place to encourage businesses to use wellness programs to reduce healthcare costs. Most small and medium-sized businesses will never tap into these offerings, but they exist to make Americans more healthy and more productive.