Humana offers fitness program to benefit active older adults

Humana, one of the largest providers of health benefits in Illinois, and the YMCA of Rock River Valley are recognizing the unique needs of older adults. Through participation with the nationally recognized SilverSneakers® Fitness Program, Humana is able to offer older adults a way to increase their levels of physical activity and motivate them to remain active.

The SilverSneakers program is the nation’s leading exercise program exclusively designed for older adults and is available at no additional cost beyond the monthly premium to eligible members of Humana’s Medicare Advantage health plans.

“The long-term health benefits of regular exercise for senior adults are compelling,” said Mary Swanson, founder, president and CEO of HealthCare Dimensions (HCD). “In addition to helping seniors stay physically healthy, SilverSneakers also offers a great way for them to socialize, meet new friends, and have fun.”

Designed and managed by HCD, SilverSneakers is an innovative exercise program designed for Medicare beneficiaries’ unique health and physical needs. Eligible members receive a basic membership at the YMCA of Rock River Valley where they can enjoy specialized non-impact SilverSneakers fitness classes focusing on improving strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Certified SilverSneakers fitness instructors teach the classes and in addition to classes, SilverSneakers participants can also enjoy other fitness facility membership benefits, including the following:

Use of each facility’s exercise equipment (e.g., treadmills, exercise bikes, pool, etc.);

Weight training;

Circuit training; and

Other fitness offerings (e.g., aerobics, sauna, hot tub, social events).

For more information regarding the SilverSneakers Fitness Program, visit or call 1-800-295-4993.

From the Nov. 2-8, 2005, issue

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