Carmel Parks Launches Silver&Fit Exercise & Healthy Aging Program
Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce that it is now providing the Silver&Fit® Exercise and Healthy Aging program at the Monon Community Center, effective today, to help older adults achieve improved health through regular exercise. The Silver&Fit program was designed to provide Medicare beneficiaries with opportunities to improve their fitness by offering no-cost or low-cost access to contracted fitness clubs or exercise centers across the country.
“We are thrilled to expand our insurance assistance programs to the community and become part of the Silver&Fit national facility network,” said Kurtis Baumgartner, Monon Community Center Director. “Our mission is to help individuals of all ages, health levels and abilities, improve their fitness. By offering the Silver&Fit program, we can better help our maturing members maintain a regular schedule of exercise that can improve their overall quality of life.”
The Silver&Fit participation includes all Group Fitness classes offered by the Monon Community Center. In addition, members can access all of the amenities available to members, such as the Fitness Center (fitness machines, cardio equipment, free weights), indoor pool, seasonal Waterpark and KidZone (childcare).
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. For more information about whether your Medicare plan includes the Silver&Fit program, please contact your health plan or 1-800-MEDICARE.
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.
Since 2007, the Silver&Fit program has offered health plans that include evidence-based fitness and health education activities for their Medicare-eligible members and group retirees. The program provides eligible members with a fully or partially subsidized fitness membership through a broad network of more than 12,000 contracted fitness facilities nationwide, including national chains and YMCAs, as well as smaller, local community exercise centers. Silver&Fit reimburses fitness facilities on a monthly basis for all eligible and participating members.
About Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation
Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) holds the Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and
Recreation Management by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) for parks serving populations of 75,001 to 150,000. As an accredited agency, the department serves the recreation, fitness, and nature needs of the community, manages and develops existing spaces and resources and creates a sustainable future for parks and recreation programs through a financially viable and environmentally conscious parks system. CCPR manages and maintains more than 500 park acres and numerous recreation facilities, including the Monon Community Center and The Waterpark. For more information, visit carmelclayparks.com.
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 www.ASHCompanies.com or call 800-848-3555. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SilverandFit, YouTube at www.youtube.com/silverandfit, Pinterest at 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).