YMCA of Greater Kansas City Launches New Silver&Fit® Exercise & Healthy Aging Program For Older Adults

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No-Cost or Low-Cost YMCA Memberships Available for Eligible Medicare Beneficiaries

Silver&Fit members get fitness club memberships for no cost or low cost through their Medicare Advantage health plan.

Silver&Fit is one of the largest and fastest-growing fitness programs serving the Medicare market,” said ASH Fitness Vice President Brett Hanson, MBA, MBF, DFSS, NASM-SFS. “We’re very pleased to team up with the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.

The YMCA of Greater Kansas City is now providing the Silver&Fit® Exercise and Healthy Aging Program at its 14 locations throughout the greater Kansas City area. The Silver&Fit program offers Medicare beneficiaries no-cost or low-cost memberships to participating fitness facilities like the Y.

The Silver&Fit program was designed to help older adults achieve improved health by providing them with no-cost or low-cost access to contracted health and wellness programs across the country.

“Silver&Fit is one of the largest and fastest-growing fitness programs serving the Medicare market,” said ASH Fitness Vice President Brett Hanson, MBA, MBF, DFSS, NASM-SFS. “We’re very pleased to team up with the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.”

“We are looking forward to being able to help more seniors achieve greater health and well-being as part of the Silver&Fit network,” said John Mikos, chief operating officer for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. “Regular exercise has been proven to improve quality of life for aging adults, and the Y also offers important opportunities for seniors to connect with others through social activities.”

For more information about whether your Medicare plan includes the Silver&Fit program, please contact your health plan or 1-800-MEDICARE. Qualified individuals or couples can call 816.561.9622, visit KansasCityYMCA.org or stop their local Y for class schedules and other information.

In the most recently completed survey of randomly selected Silver&Fit members, conducted by an independent research firm, 98 percent of respondents expressed overall satisfaction with the Silver&Fit fitness facility program and said they would recommend it. In addition, more than 76 percent of members said their participation in the Silver&Fit program has helped them make friends and improve their social network. Scientific evidence indicates that social and physical activity programs can improve emotional and physical well-being for older adults, as well as overall quality of life.

The Silver&Fit program is available to people who are Medicare-eligible and have purchased Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement coverage that includes the Silver&Fit program as a benefit.

About the YMCA of Greater Kansas City
With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City is a charitable organization committed to strengthening communities. The Y engages men, women and children—regardless of age, income or background—to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. With a history of serving the Kansas City area since 1860, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. For more information, visit KansasCityYMCA.org.

About the Silver&Fit® Exercise & Healthy Aging Program
The Silver&Fit® program is an exercise and healthy aging program providing unique, evidence-based fitness and health education activities for Medicare beneficiaries and group retirees. Silver&Fit members have access to: no-cost or low-cost memberships at a participating, contracted fitness club or exercise center, or to the Silver&Fit Home Fitness program for those who prefer or need to work out at home; SilverandFit.com, a website providing health tools and resources specifically designed for older adults; The Silver Slate® newsletter; and a toll-free customer service hotline. For more information, visit http://www.ASHCompanies.com or call 800-848-3555. Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SilverandFit, YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/silverandfit, Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/silverandfit, Twitter at @SilverandFit and Instagram at @SilverandFit.

The Silver&Fit program is a product of American Specialty Health Fitness, Inc., a subsidiary of American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH).

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