Aetna Offers New Fitness Reimbursement Program to Help Members Live Healthy and Save Money

  Aetna Offers New Fitness Reimbursement Program to Help Members Live Healthy
  and Save Money

Business Wire

HARTFORD, Conn. -- November 27, 2012

Aetna (NYSE: AET) today announced the launch of the Aetna Fitness^SM
Reimbursement Program. The program allows Aetna members to get money back for
a wide range of activities that can help them lead healthier lives, including:

  *Gym membership fees and group exercise classes
  *Personal Training
  *Fitness equipment purchases
  *Weight management and nutrition counseling services

The program was jointly designed with GlobalFit®, the nation’s leading
provider of physical activity programs for businesses around the world. Aetna
is the only national health insurer to work with GlobalFit on a reimbursement
program of this magnitude. The program will begin on January 1, 2013 and is
currently being offered to Aetna’s employer customers in National Accounts,
Middle Markets and Public & Labor. Members will only be eligible for the
program if their employer chooses to implement the Aetna Fitness Reimbursement

“We know it is hard to stay healthy. The Aetna Fitness Reimbursement Program
makes it easier for members to do the things that can help them be as healthy
as possible,” said Susan Kosman, R.N., Aetna’s chief nursing officer.
“Providing members with money back through this program helps address the
financial challenge that people often face when they are trying to improve
their health.”

Flexibility for Members and Employers

The Aetna Fitness Reimbursement Program enables members to choose the approach
to getting and staying healthy that best fits their lifestyle. Members will be
reimbursed for different health and fitness purchases through the program and
members can also save more money through a separate Aetna Fitness^SM discount
program. For more than a decade, Aetna members have benefited from savings on
gym memberships and name-brand at-home fitness and nutrition products through
GlobalFit’s Gym Network.

The Aetna Fitness Reimbursement Program also gives employers the flexibility
to customize parts of the program to fit their overall wellness strategy. For
example, employers can select:

  *The annual reimbursement amount for their employees;
  *To make their employees’ spouses and dependents (age 16 and older)
    eligible for the program; and
  *To offer the program to employees who may not be enrolled in an Aetna
    benefits plan.

To help simplify this program for employers, GlobalFit will handle all of the
administrative tasks associated with reimbursing participants.

“Offering this program is a tangible way that employers can show their
employees that they are committed to their well-being,” Kosman said. “As part
of a comprehensive wellness strategy, this program can help employers lower
their health care costs and create a more productive and engaged workforce.”

“GlobalFit creates every program with the employee at the center, and Aetna
shares this value. Together we have designed a program that gives employees
what they want – a streamlined user experience and to be recognized and
rewarded for a more active lifestyle. The Aetna Fitness Reimbursement Program
further demonstrates the passionate commitment both companies have to creating
a healthier world one employee at a time,” said Matthew Laffer, GlobalFit’s
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships.

Helping Employers Create a Wellness Strategy

The Aetna Fitness Reimbursement Program is one part of Aetna’s overall
wellness strategy for employers. Aetna’s health and wellness products and
programs help members achieve better health and help employers manage health
care costs.

The Aetna Health Connections Get Active!^SM wellness program allows employers
to set up a companywide fitness and healthy lifestyle choice competition. The
program uses social media among a company’s employees to provide support and
positive reinforcement for employees who want to change their lifestyle habits
and achieve personal health goals. Participants can post and respond to
challenges, form groups and teams, and get peer support to overcome hurdles
and boost motivation. The program has resulted in a 0.78-point body-mass-index
(BMI) reduction (roughly 5.54 pounds of weight loss) per person across Aetna’s

Aetna is continuing to promote the use of social media tools in wellness
programs with the recent launch of Aetna Everactive. Aetna Everactive is a new
social community that brings together virtual health and fitness resources
with opportunities to participate in real-life local events. Aetna members get
both encouragement and easy-to-follow, step-by-step guides to health and
fitness for all fitness levels through this program.

About Aetna

Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits
companies, serving approximately 37.3 million people with information and
resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care.
Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed
health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy,
dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical
management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services and health
information technology services. Our customers include employer groups,
individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans,
health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor
groups and expatriates. For more information, see

About GlobalFit

GlobalFit is a leading provider of physical activity programs for businesses
around the world. For more than 20 years, GlobalFit has worked with companies
to offer innovative programs that help employees get moving and improve their
health. GlobalFit is offered by more employers than any other program
including 25% of the Fortune 1000. For more information on how GlobalFit is
“Changing Lives through Physical Activity,” visit


Ethan Slavin, 860-273-6095
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