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SilverSneakers now available in Petersburg

February 17, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Women's Wellness Center, at 10 Valley View Drive in Petersburg, is recognizing the unique needs of the older adults in the Tri-County community by partnering with the nationally recognized Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness Program.

"The Women's Wellness Center is now able to offer older adults a way to increase their levels of physical activity while motivating them to remain active," said Wellness Center Manager Morgan Hill. "SilverSneakers is the nation's leading exercise program designed exclusively for older adults and may be available at no additional cost (beyond any monthly premium) to eligible Medicare health plan and group retiree members."

Tamm Calvert, regional director of the SilverSneaker program, said research points to the significant health benefits of regular exercise for older adults.

"In addition to helping our members stay physically healthy, SilverSneakers also offers a great way for them to socialize, meet new friends and have fun," Calvert said.

With the SilverSneakers premier network, members have a complimentary membership with access to a variety of participating locations throughout the country. Many sites offer amenities such as fitness equipment, treadmills and free weights, and the signature SilverSneakers Fitness Program classes, designed specifically for older adults and taught by certified instructors. Additional signature classes, such as YogaStretch and SilverSplash, may be available at select locations. A designated staff member will assist members along the way.

In West Virginia, the program is available at no additional cost to select Medicare plans of Humana, Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield and Highmark Health Insurance Co.

Those who would like to check on eligibility can check with their health plan providers. More information regarding the SilverSneakers Fitness Program is available at or 888-423-4632.

In Hardy County, call the Hardy County Wellness center at 304-538-7380; for Grant County, call the Women's Wellness Center at 304-257-5815 ext. 2570.

The SilverSneakers Fitness Program is offered by Healthways, an industry leader providing specialized, comprehensive Health and Care Support solutions to help people maintain or improve their health. SilverSneakers was founded in 1992 and is designed exclusively for older adults, offering an innovative blend of physical activity, healthy lifestyle and socially oriented programming.

The unique program may be available at no additional cost (other than any medical plan premium) to eligible Medicare health plan members and group retirees at more than 9,000 participating fitness and wellness centers, YMCAs and Curves locations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.



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