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What is the Medicare SilverSneakers program?

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SilverSneakers is an evidence-based physical fitness and preventative health program designed for older adults. More than 65 major plans throughout the United States include the Healthways SilverSneakers fitness program as a component to their Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement and group retiree plans. Consistent participation in the program assists people in controlling their health and increasing balance, strength and endurance, according to Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness.

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As of 2015, SilverSneakers offers a basic membership at one of more than 13,000 fitness centers across the nation, notes Healthways. A program advisor is at each location to show members around, provide information about the program, and help start an exercise regime. There is an online program personalized for every member, which tracks individual health progress. Members are invited to participate in health education seminars and other events.

Healthways explains that there are three ways to start using the program: Bring membership identification or a health plan card to any of the participating locations; sign up at HealthwaysFIT.com; or order a Steps kit. Locations include some fitness centers, gyms, Curves and YMCAs. Signing up on the website provides access to health-related articles and recipes, nutrition and health improvement plans, exercise video demonstrations and advice from experts. SilverSneakers Steps is designed for people who don't have easy access to a program location. Steps kits provide an exercise DVD, resistance bands and informational material.

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