ConnectiCare and Healthways Partner to Offer SilverSneakers® Fitness Program
Agreement Provides Access to Nation’s Leading Fitness Program for Older Adults
FARMINGTON, Conn. & NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- January 8, 2013
As part of its mission to provide the highest quality service and improve the
health status of its members, ConnectiCare today announced a three-year
partnership with well-being improvement leader Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY) to
offer the award-winning SilverSneakers^® Fitness Program. SilverSneakers, the
nation’s leading exercise program designed to keep older adults active and
healthy, is available to eligible members of select ConnectiCare VIP Medicare
Advantage plans beginning Jan. 1, 2013.
“ConnectiCare is committed to improving the health and well-being of our
members. We recognize the importance of maintaining active lives, both
mentally and physically, particularly as one gets older, and we are proud to
offer this benefit to our members. Like preventive services covered by
ConnectiCare that are above and beyond what you receive under Original
Medicare, this is yet another great example of our commitment to helping our
members stay healthy,” said Tony Tedeschi, ConnectiCare’s Vice President of
Using proven methodologies based upon more than 16 years of science and
outcomes, the SilverSneakers Fitness Program increases physical activity in
older adults, resulting in higher well-being and lower health care costs.
Physical activity can reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases, may relieve
symptoms of depression, helps to maintain independent living, and enhances
overall quality of life.
Strength training is recommended as part of a comprehensive physical activity
program among older adults and may help to improve balance and decrease risk
of falls.^1 SilverSneakers engages participants in more frequent strength
training and aerobic and flexibility exercises through access to a variety of
venues and programming designed specifically for older adults that
incorporates physical fitness and social experiences.
“By providing the SilverSneakers Fitness Program, ConnectiCare is
demonstrating its commitment to meeting the needs of its members through a
solution designed to enhance the health and well-being of participants,” said
Ben R. Leedle, Jr., Healthways president and chief executive officer. “We look
forward to partnering with ConnectiCare to provide this time-tested, proven
program to their older-adult Medicare Advantage members."
The SilverSneakers Fitness Program was founded in 1993 and is available to
more than 9 million eligible members. The Healthways fitness center network
offers convenient access to more than 15,000 participating fitness and
wellness facilities nationwide.
ConnectiCare is a health plan based in Farmington, Connecticut, and a
subsidiary of EmblemHealth. ConnectiCare has a full offering of products for
businesses, municipalities, individuals and those who are Medicare-eligible.
ConnectiCare is ranked in the top ten percent of health plans in the nation by
the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). A local company,
ConnectiCare maintains all operations and 550 employees in Farmington, CT.
Visit our website: www.ConnectiCare.com.
Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY) is the largest independent global provider of
well-being improvement solutions. Dedicated to creating a healthier world one
person at a time, the Company uses the science of behavior change to produce
and measure positive change in well-being for our customers, which include
employers, integrated health systems, hospitals, physicians, health plans,
communities and government entities. We provide highly specific and
personalized support for each individual and their team of experts to optimize
each participant’s health and productivity and to reduce health-related costs.
Results are achieved by addressing longitudinal health risks and care needs of
everyone in a given population. The Company has scaled its proprietary
technology infrastructure and delivery capabilities developed over 30 years
and now serves approximately 40 million people on four continents. Learn more
at www.healthways.com or www.silversneakers.com.
^1 Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. Older Americans
2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing
Office. June 2012.
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