Humana Offers Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness Program Nationwide
As part of its dream to help people achieve lifelong well-being, Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), one of the nation's leading health and well-being companies, has expanded its relationship with Healthways (HWAY) to offer the award-winning SilverSneakers Fitness Program to eligible members in Pennsylvania and Nevada.
SilverSneakers, the nation's leading exercise and social support program available to more than 10 million Medicare beneficiaries, has been offered to Humana Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement members since 2004. The newly expanded agreement, that includes Nevada and Pennsylvania, makes the SilverSneakers Fitness Program available to more than 2.2 million Humana Medicare members nationwide.
"Humana has partnered with Healthways and SilverSneakers to offer our Medicare Advantage members an outstanding exercise program for nearly 10 years," said Debbie Smith, Humana's Vice President of Senior Products. "As this year's Medicare enrollment season gets underway, we are pleased to continue the SilverSneakers Fitness Program offering with the expanded availability for our members."
The enduring efficacy of the program is evidenced through a 2012 survey of Humana members who have participated in SilverSneakers. The national survey found that 60 percent of Humana SilverSneakers participants reported their health as excellent or very good, nearly twice the national average of 32 percent for older adults, as reported by the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (HOS)1.
In addition, 82 percent of Humana respondents reported no impairment in activities of daily living, as compared to the HOS national average of 63 percent for older adults. Further results indicate that four out of five new members who were previously considered sedentary are now exercising at least twice a week.
"Humana has been at the forefront in providing programs that focus on the health and well-being of its members," said Ben R. Leedle, Jr., Healthways President and Chief Executive Officer. "By continuing its partnership with Healthways and offering SilverSneakers, Humana is providing ongoing support to its older adult members to lead more healthy lives in all 50 states. This expanded agreement demonstrates our shared goals to impact the older adult population through an established, highly successful program and subsequently work together to significantly improve overall health and well-being nationally."
Using proven methodologies based upon more than 20 years of science and outcomes, the SilverSneakers Fitness Program increases physical activity in older adults, often resulting in higher well-being and lower health care costs. The program engages participants in active behavior change through access to a variety of physical activity venues and senior-specific programming that incorporates physical fitness and social experiences.