Independence Blue Cross Continues to Offer Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness Program

  Independence Blue Cross Continues to Offer Healthways SilverSneakers®
  Fitness Program

   Extension of Agreement Through 2014 Confirms Health Plan’s Commitment to
                 Improving Older Adult Health and Well-Being

Business Wire

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- November 12, 2013

Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY) today announced it has extended through 2014 its
current contract offering its nationally acclaimed SilverSneakers^® Fitness
Program to eligible Independence Blue Cross (IBC) members throughout
Pennsylvania. SilverSneakers, the nation’s leading exercise program designed
to keep older adults active and healthy, has been offered to members of IBC
since 2008.

The effectiveness of the program is evidenced through a 2012 survey of IBC
members who have participated in the SilverSneakers program. According to the
survey results, 55% of IBC’s SilverSneakers enrollees reported their health as
excellent or very good, almost twice the national average of 30% for older
adults. In addition, 83% of IBC respondents reported no impairment in
activities of daily living, as compared to the national average of 63% for
older adults. Moreover, 95% of IBC members stated they did not feel depressed
much within the last year, a testament to the program’s emphasis on social

“Independence Blue Cross is committed to exceeding customers’ expectations
through the provision of innovative health and wellness solutions like the
SilverSneakers Fitness Program,” said Ben R. Leedle, Jr., Healthways president
and chief executive officer. “By focusing on increased access to quality
health care and delivering value through its products and services, IBC is
demonstrating its commitment to their older adult members, with a
user-friendly, proven program that offers a unique combination of physical
fitness and essential social experiences.”

Using proven methodologies based upon more than 20 years of science and
outcomes, the SilverSneakers Fitness Program increases physical activity in
older adults, resulting in higher well-being and lower healthcare costs.
SilverSneakers engages participants in more frequent strength training,
aerobic, and flexibility exercise through access to a variety of venues and
programming designed specifically for older adults that incorporates social

The SilverSneakers Fitness Program was founded in 1992 and serves more than 10
million eligible members. The Healthways fitness center network offers
convenient access to more than 15,000 participating fitness and wellness
facilities nationwide.

About Healthways

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 45 million people on four continents.
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