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The Times
  • YMCAs offer SilverSneakers fitness program

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  • LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Family YMCA and the YMCA of the Mohawk Valley recognize the unique needs of older adults in the community.
    By partnering with the nationally recognized Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness Program, the YMCAs are able to offer older adults a way to increase their physical activity while motivating them to remain active.
    SilverSneakers an exercise program designed for older adults and is available at no additional cost beyond the monthly premium to Medicare eligible members of AARP Medicare Complete by United Healthcare, Amerigroup, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, BlueCross BlueShield of Northeastern New York, Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan, CDPHP Universal Benefits, Empire BlueCross and BlueCross BlueShield, HealthNow New York, Humana, MVP Health Care, United Healthcare, VNSNY CHOICE Health Plan and WellCare, with more insurance companies are joining.
    “Millions of older adults suffer from chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer and high blood pressure that can be prevented or improved through regular physical activity,” Healthways Senior Vice President Steve Lindstrom said in a news release. “In addition to helping older adults stay physically healthy, SilverSneakers also offers a great way for them to socialize, meet new friends and have fun.”
    Eligible members may enjoy specialized SilverSneakers fitness classes at the Little Falls Family YMCA and the YMCA of the Mohawk Valley focusing on improving strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Classes will take place at the YMCA of the Mohawk Valley, 83 E. Main St., Mohawk, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. For more information or to register for classes, call 866-6570. Classes will take place at the Little Falls Family YMCA, 15 Jackson St., Little Falls, from 9 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. For more information or to register for classes, call 823-1740.
    In addition to the classes, SilverSneakers participants may also enjoy other membership benefits, including use of exercise equipment, weight training, circuit training and other offerings.
    In addition, SilverSneakers members may visit any participating location across the nation when they travel.

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