The Silver&Fit(R) Program Adds Enhance(R)Fitness Exercise Program to List of Endorsed Classes

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SAN DIEGO, Oct. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Silver&Fit Exercise and Healthy Aging Program for Medicare Advantage members has added the EnhanceFitness program to its no-cost or low-cost class offerings. The classes will be available to Silver&Fit members at participating Silver&Fit fitness facilities. The hour-long class focuses on cardiovascular exercise, strength training, balance and flexibility.



"EnhanceFitness is an evidence-based group exercise program that helps older adults at all levels of fitness become more energized and empowered to sustain independent lives," said Silver&Fit Fitness Network Management Vice President Brett Hanson. "It's a great addition to our program offerings."

In studies, the EnhanceFitness class has been shown to help participants:

  • Increase strength. Those who regularly attend see improvements in strength, flexibility and balance.
  • Boost activity levels. Participants grow more comfortable doing activities independently.
  • Elevate mood. Participants say they feel better physically and emotionally.

Silver & Fit instructors seeking to teach EnhanceFitness classes or organizations wishing to provide EnhanceFitness classes can send inquiries to projectenhance@seniorservices.org or call 206-448-5725.

About EnhanceFitness

Developed by Senior Services (Seattle, WA) in partnership with the University of Washington and Group Health Cooperative in the mid-1990s, Project Enhance offers state-of-the-art, community health promotion programs designed especially for older adults. Project Enhance provides EnhanceFitness, a low-cost, adaptable exercise program offering levels that are challenging for active older adults and levels that are safe for those who are less fit and/or frail.

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. Silver&Fit 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® quarterly newsletter; and a toll-free customer service hotline. Follow Silver&Fit on Twitter @SilverandFit, YouTube at www.youtube.com/silverandfit, Facebook at www.facebook.com/SilverandFit, Instagram @SilverandFit, and Pinterest at www.pinterest.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 and privately-owned specialty health services organizations, providing specialty health care networks and programs, fitness and exercise programs and population health solutions for health plans, insurance carriers and employer groups. Operating from offices in San Diego, Calif., Southlake (Dallas), Texas, Carmel (Indianapolis), Ind. and Columbia, S.C., ASH has more than 1,100 employees and administers services for more than 34 million members nationwide. Additional 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 Susan Snyder Project Enhance Office: 206-727-6297 Cell: 206.920.5893 SusanS@seniorservices.org

Source:American Specialty Health