Agreement Provides Access to Nation’s Leading Fitness Program for
MAUMEE, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 22, 2013--
As part of its mission to improve the health and well-being of its
members, Paramount today announced a three-year partnership with
well-being improvement leader Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY) to offer the
award-winning SilverSneakers® Fitness Program to all
Paramount Elite Medicare Advantage plan members in Ohio and Michigan
beginning Jan. 1, 2013. SilverSneakers is the nation’s leading exercise
program designed to keep older adults active and healthy.
“We are pleased to offer SilverSneakers as this service is in the best
interest of our members and is consistent with our mission of keeping
members healthy,” said Mark Moser, Vice President of Marketing for
Using proven methodologies based upon more than 16 years of science and
outcomes, the SilverSneakers Fitness Program increases physical activity
in older adults, resulting in higher well-being and lower healthcare
costs. Physical activity can reduce the risk of certain chronic
diseases, may relieve symptoms of depression, helps to maintain
independent living, and enhances overall quality of life.
Strength training is recommended as part of a comprehensive physical
activity program among older adults and may help to improve balance and
decrease risk of falls,1 and SilverSneakers engages
participants in more frequent strength training and aerobic and
flexibility exercises. The program provides access to a variety of
venues and programming designed specifically for older adults that
incorporates physical fitness and social experiences.
“By offering the SilverSneakers Fitness program to their Paramount Elite
Medicare Advantage enrollees, Paramount is demonstrating its commitment
to enhancing member health and well-being,” said Ben R. Leedle, Jr.,
Healthways President and Chief Executive Officer. “SilverSneakers is a
time-tested, proven program that provides a unique combination of
exercise and social support, and Healthways is proud to partner with
Paramount in implementing the program.”
The SilverSneakers Fitness Program was founded in 1993 and is available
to more than 10 million eligible members. The Healthways fitness center
network offers convenient access to more than 15,000 participating
fitness and wellness facilities nationwide.
Established in 1988, Paramount is a locally owned insurance company
located in Maumee, Ohio serving NW Ohio and SE Michigan. Its mission is
to improve individuals’ health and well-being through various
initiatives such as covered preventive services, web-based member tools,
health risk assessments, the Steps2Health disease management programs
health fairs and more.
Paramount offers insurance to both large and small groups It maintains
accreditation by the NCQA – the National Committee for Quality Assurance
– for its Ohio HMO, Elite and Advantage products. Paramount is part of
ProMedica, which is ranked the second most integrated health system in
the United States and No. 1 in the Midwest. For more information, visit http://www.paramounthealthcare.com.
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 www.healthways.com
1 Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. Older
Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being. Washington, DC: U.S.
Government Printing Office. June 2012.
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Mark Moser, V.P Marketing, 419-887-2809