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Silver Sneakers

Wellness Center supports older adult fitness

The Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness Program is the nation's leading exercise program for older adults and offers physical activity, health education, and social events. With the SilverSneakers premier network, you have access to a variety of participating locations throughout the country. As with many sites across the country, the Wellness Center at Elbert Memorial Hospital currently offers amenities such as fitness equipment, treadmills, free weights, and the signature SilverSneakers Fitness Program classes, designed specifically for older adults and taught by certified instructors. SilverSneakers has been available at the Wellness Center since 2008 and classes are offered five days a week. SilverSneakers Yoga is available on Monday at 2 p.m. and Friday at 10 a.m., SilverSneakers Classic classes are held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. and Thursday at 2 p.m., and SilverSneakers Circuit class is held on Wednesday at 10 a.m.

The SilverSneakers Fitness Program encourages participants to be more active. In fact, 51 percent of members report never having a fitness center membership prior to joining SilverSneakers. Additionally, 48 percent exercised less than three times a week before beginning the program. Currently, most SilverSneakers members at the Wellness Center are exercising for 30 minutes at a time, three or more days per week, which is above the national average for active older adults.

SilverSneakers may be available at no additional cost (other than any medical plan premium) to members of (select) Medicare Advantage, supplement and group retiree health care plans. To verify eligibility, please check with your health plan provider and see the staff at the front desk at the Wellness Center. The staff will assist with enrollment, which includes brief paperwork and a tour of the location.

For more information regarding the SilverSneakers Fitness Program at Elbert Memorial Hospital Wellness Center please call 706-283-6831. For additional information on SilverSneakers, visit http://www.silversneakers.com/ or call 888-423-4632.

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