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Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness Program Seeks Award Nominations


shutterstock_95801968Healthways is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Richard L. Swanson Inspiration Award, which pays tribute to a SilverSneakers® member whose healthy behavior has made a difference in his or her own life while motivating others.

The Swanson Award is in memory of SilverSneakers founder Mary Swanson’s father, who served as the inspiration for the nationally-acclaimed fitness program. The award honors five finalists across the U.S., and one of the five is selected as the national award recipient. The Swanson Award winner and finalists will be recognized during Active Aging Week, held September 22-28, 2013. Active Aging Week is observed nationally to highlight the diverse health and wellness opportunities available to older adults.

“SilverSneakers continues to be the nation’s leading fitness program for older adults,” said Joy Powell, the market president of Healthways. “Its fun, engaging formats help members achieve their fitness and health goals. Whether it’s a story of weight loss, increased mobility or someone who brings a group together for monthly social luncheons, we are continually moved by the hundreds of inspiring health journeys that are shared through the Swanson Award nominations.”

Clubs can submit members or have members nominate themselves, or someone they know. Submissions must include a story about why the nominee should be considered, along with a signed nomination form.

The completed form must be returned to Healthways by August 2, 2013. Submissions are accepted by mail to Healthways, Attn: Swanson Award, 1445 S. Spectrum Blvd., Ste. 100, Chandler, AZ 85286, by fax to 800-327-9151 and on the web at silversneakers.com/swansonaward or facebook.com/silversneakers.

For more information about the Swanson Award, visit www.silversneakers.com/swansonaward.

Rachel Zabonick-Chonko

Rachel Zabonick-Chonko is the editor-in-chief of Club Solutions Magazine. She can be reached at rachel@peakemedia.com.

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