CDPHP®, Healthways Partner to Continue Offering SilverSneakers® Fitness Program Through 2015

CDPHP®, Healthways Partner to Continue Offering SilverSneakers®Fitness Program Through 2015

Three-Year Extension Confirms Health Plan's Long-Term Commitment to Improving Older Adult Health and Well-Being

ALBANY, NY & NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- As part of its mission to provide quality healthcare for its subscribers, CDPHP® and Healthways (NAS: HWAY) today announced a three-year extension of their longstanding agreement to offer the award-winning SilverSneakers® Fitness Program. The partnership between CDPHP and Healthways offering SilverSneakers began in 2004 and the program is available to more than 30,000 eligible CDPHP Medicare Advantage members in 24 New York counties.

SilverSneakers, the nation's leading exercise program designed to keep Medicare-eligible adults active and healthy, will continue to be available to members of the following CDPHP plans through 2015:

CDPHP Choice (HMO)

CDPHP Group Medicare

CDPHP Choice Rx (HMO)

CDPHP Group Medicare Rx

CDPHP Value Rx (HMO)


CDPHP Classic (PPO)

CDPHP Prime Rx (PPO)

CDPHP Classic Rx (PPO)

"Studies have shown that seniors enrolled in a regular fitness program have significantly fewer inpatient admissions, emergency rooms visits, and lower health care costs," said John D. Bennett, MD, president and CEO, CDPHP. "We're proud to once again partner with SilverSneakers to provide this valuable benefit to our members," added Bennett.

Using proven methodologies based upon more than 16 years of science and outcomes, the SilverSneakers Fitness Program increases physical activity in Medicare-eligible adults, resulting in higher well-being and lower health care costs. SilverSneakers engages participants in more frequent strength training, aerobic, and flexibility exercise through access to a variety of venues and programming designed specifically for older adults that incorporates social experiences.

The enduring success of the program is evidenced through the latest CDPHP SilverSneakers annual member survey. According to the 2011 results, 66% of CDPHP SilverSneakers enrollees report their health as excellent or very good; more than double the national average of 30% for older adults. Additionally, 87% of CDPHP SilverSneakers enrollees either maintained or increased their level of aerobic activity compared to a year ago, and more than half of SilverSneakers enrollees report improvement in arthritis pain and lower back pain since participating in the program.

"CDPHP has been recognized for the high quality of their Medicare plans, including a recent high rating by CMS in part for their efforts to keep members healthy. By choosing to offer SilverSneakers for three more years, CDPHP demonstrates why their commitment to enhancing the health of their members is so highly regarded," said Ben R. Leedle, Jr., Healthways president and chief executive officer. "We are proud to partner with CDPHP to continue improving the health and well-being of their members through a program that is both highly rewarding and enjoyable."

The SilverSneakers Fitness Program was founded in 1993 and serves more than 9 million eligible members. The Healthways fitness center network offers convenient access to more than 15,000 participating fitness and wellness facilities nationwide.

About CDPHP®

Established in 1984, CDPHP is a physician-founded, member-focused and community-based not-for-profit health plan that offers high-quality affordable health insurance plans to members in 24 counties throughout New York. CDPHP is also on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

About Healthways

Healthways (NAS: 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 or

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