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Silver&Fit(R) Adds Geri-Fit(R) Fitness Program to Expanding Range of Endorsed Classes Available to Members

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SAN DIEGO, Sept. 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Silver&Fit Exercise and Healthy Aging Program for Medicare Advantage members has expanded its range of Silver&Fit no-cost or low-cost class offerings to include the popular Geri-Fit® fitness program.



Geri-Fit® classes will be available to Silver&Fit members at a number of participating Silver&Fit fitness facilities. The 45-minute program focuses on improving functional capacity, balance, flexibility and strength using light weights and stretch bands. There is no choreography to learn, or structured aerobics. Most exercises are performed while seated in chairs and the participants never have to get on the floor.

"Low impact strength and flexibility activities are important in helping older adults maintain muscle mass and balance, while reducing their chances of osteoporosis, so they can easily continue their daily activities," said Silver&Fit's Fitness Network Management Vice President Brett Hanson. "The Geri-Fit® class focuses on strength training for older adults, making it a good fit for our members."

Silver&Fit instructors who are seeking training opportunities for Geri-Fit® fitness classes can visit www.gerifit.com or call Geri-Fit® at 888-GERI-FIT.

A tried and proven strength training exercise program, Geri-Fit® is designed for older adults of all fitness levels.

About the Silver&Fit Exercise & Healthy Aging Program

The Silver&Fit program is an exercise and healthy aging program providing unique, evidence-based fitness and health education activities for Medicare beneficiaries and group retirees. As part of the Silver&Fit program, members have access to: no-cost or low-cost memberships at a participating, contracted fitness club or exercise center, or to the Silver&Fit Home Fitness Program for those unable to participate at a fitness facility or who prefer to work out at home; SilverandFit.com, a website with a variety of health tools and resources specifically designed for older adults; The Silver Slate®, a quarterly newsletter; and a toll-free customer service hotline. Follow Silver&Fit on Twitter @SilverandFit, Instagram @SilverandFit, YouTube at www.youtube.com/silverandfit, and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SilverandFit. The Silver&Fit program is a product of American Specialty Health Fitness, Inc., a subsidiary of American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH).

About American Specialty Health

American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH) is one of the nation's premier independent, privately-owned specialty health services organizations, providing fitness and exercise programs, population health solutions and specialty health care networks and programs for health plans, insurance carriers and employer groups. Operating from offices in San Diego, CA, Southlake (Dallas), TX, Carmel (Indianapolis), IN and Columbia, SC, ASH has more than 1,100 employees and administers services for more than 34 million members nationwide. Products offered through ASH and its subsidiaries include Healthyroads®, FitnessCoach™, Active&Fit®, ExerciseRewardsTM and others. For more information about ASH, visit http://www.ashcompanies.com/ or call 800-848-3555. Follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter at @ASHCompanies.

CONTACT: Lisa Freeman Silver&Fit Office: 310-390-3070 Cell: 310-422-9200 lisaf@ashn.com Francesca Fisher Geri-Fit(R) Office: 888-437-4348 Direct: 951-694-6873 fran@gerifit.com

Source:American Specialty Health

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