2020 UnitedHealthcare Wellness Checkup Survey findings

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt American’s daily lives, a new UnitedHealthcare survey finds that 30% of Americans say the pandemic has made them more likely to receive the annual flu shot this fall. Meanwhile, most Americans who work out say walking has been their preferred method of exercise amid COVID-19, while one in five have improved their nutrition choices during the pandemic.

Those are some of the findings from the 2020 UnitedHealthcare Wellness Checkup Survey, which examines people’s opinions about health topics and provides insights to help improve well-being programs offered by employers. The survey’s findings this year include:

  • Many People Plan to Get Regular Flu Shot, Modify Workplace Habits. While researchers race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, 30% of respondents said they are now more likely to receive the annual flu shot this fall. In regard to common workplace norms, one-third (34%) of employed respondents said they would stop shaking hands at work no matter the circumstance; 35% would use an alternative physical greeting such as a fist or elbow bump; and 31% said they would continue handshakes despite potential risks of a COVID-19 infection.


  • Walking and Running Rank as Top Exercise Options Amid COVID-19. Most survey respondents who work out said walking (68%) has been their preferred method of exercise since COVID-19 emerged, followed by running (28%), body-weight exercises (23%), cycling (21%) and weight training at home (18%). As for eating habits, 30% of respondents said their diet is worse now than before COVID-19 impacted daily life, while 21% said their nutrition choices have improved.


  • Majority of Employees Say Wellness Programs Have Improved Their Health, Productivity. More than three-quarters (77%) of survey respondents who are employed and have access to wellness programs said the initiatives have made a positive impact on their health. Nearly half (48%) said the programs motivated them to pay more attention to their health; 38% lowered stress; 36% said they increased physical activity; and 33% reported improved sleep.