As part of its dream to help people achieve lifelong well-being, (NYSE: HUM), one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies, is extending its contract offering Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY) award-winning to eligible members through 2016.
SilverSneakers, the nation’s leading exercise and social support program designed to keep seniors healthy, has been offered to Humana Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement members since 2004. Currently, more than 2.1 million Humana members are eligible to participate in SilverSneakers.
Using proven methodologies based upon more than 16 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.
“Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness Program has proven to be an outstanding health, wellness and social benefit for Humana’s Medicare members across the country,” said Thomas J. Liston, President, Retail Segment for Humana. “We were pleased to first provide this senior-focused fitness program to our members some eight years ago, and we’re equally pleased now to extend our agreement with Healthways another four years.”
The enduring success of the program is evidenced through Humana members’ responses to the SilverSneakers Fitness Program 2011 Annual Member Survey. The national survey found that Humana SilverSneakers members self-report better physical, emotional and overall health, as well as a lower disease burden and a reduced incidence of chronic conditions, than the national averages for older adults in the US, as reported by the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey.
Humana SilverSneakers participants also reported reductions in pain experienced due to arthritis, lower back problems and sciatica, while 87 percent of new enrollees indicated that they exercised more than twice as often in 2011 as they had prior to joining the fitness program.
“Humana has established their commitment to help people achieve lifelong well-being through the offering of comprehensive programs designed to promote all aspects of positive well-being for all age groups,” said Ben R. Leedle, Jr., Healthways President and Chief Executive Officer. “By continuing to offer SilverSneakers to its Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement enrollees through 2016, Humana is demonstrating its long-term, ongoing dedication to its older adult members through a time-tested, proven solution that provides a unique combination of exercise and social support. This important extension not only reflects Humana’s steadfastness to the health and well-being of their older adult population, but is also a testament to a great working partnership between Humana and Healthways.”
The SilverSneakers Fitness Program was founded in 1993 and is available to more than 9 million Medicare beneficiaries through many Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplement carriers and group retiree plans. The Healthways fitness center network offers convenient access to more than 15,000 participating fitness and wellness facilities nationwide.
Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is a leading health-care company that offers a wide range of insurance products and health and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to lifelong well-being. By leveraging the strengths of its core businesses, Humana believes it can better explore opportunities for existing and emerging adjacencies in health care that can further enhance wellness opportunities for the millions of people across the nation with whom the company has relationships.
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Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY) 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 40 million people on four continents. Learn more at .