Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness Seeks Nominations for 2016 Richard L. Swanson Inspiration Award

CHANDLER, Ariz., May 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness is now accepting nominations for the 12th annual Richard L. Swanson Inspiration Award, honoring a SilverSneakers member who has improved their life through fitness, health and well-being, inspiring and motivating others along the way.

“From the new retiree who is looking to run a marathon for the first time, to the grandparent who wants to be able to pick up their grandchild and live a longer, healthier life, the stories we hear every day at SilverSneakers are a delight to share with the larger community through this award program,” said Joy Powell, Chief Operating Officer of Network Solutions at Healthways. “No other fitness program has such a rich history and experience in older adult fitness. What began in 1992 as a first-of-its-kind fitness program for older Americans has now grown and evolved to accommodate all fitness levels and preferences, from Baby Boomers and beyond.”

Now through May 20, members can nominate themselves or someone they know by submitting their inspiring story online at The top 10 nominees will be selected and their stories shared on the SilverSneakers website, where an open vote will name the national award recipient. Online voting will begin on June 27, and the winner will be announced on July 18.

SilverSneakers Fitness is the nation’s leading exercise program designed specifically for active older Americans. Through a variety of fitness offerings that accommodate all fitness levels and preferences, as well as invaluable social interactions, SilverSneakers helps older adults maximize their health, maintain their lifestyle and realize continued overall well-being during retirement years.

SilverSneakers was founded in 1992 and is available to more than 13 million eligible members. Designed for all fitness levels, the program offers specialized group exercise classes at more than 13,000 participating fitness and wellness facilities nationwide, ranging from SilverSneakers Classic to BOOM. Members also have access to standard gym amenities, as well as the SilverSneakers FLEX™ network, which includes classes and activities at parks, recreation centers and other local venues.

To find out if you are eligible for SilverSneakers and for more information about the Swanson Award, visit

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Healthways 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 68 million people on four continents. Learn more at or

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