The Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo joins SilverSneakers® Fitness Program Network

BUFFALO, N.Y. (May 3, 2011) - The Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Buffalo, located at 787 Delaware Ave. in Buffalo and 2640 North Forest Rd. in Getzville, is recognizing the unique needs of older adults in the community by joining Independent Health’s network of SilverSneakers® Fitness Program locations.

SilverSneakers is the nation’s leading exercise program designed exclusively for Medicare beneficiaries. All of Independent Health’s Medicare Advantage plans provide the SilverSneakers Fitness Program at no additional cost to the member’s monthly plan premium.

“We are excited that the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo is now offering our Medicare Advantage plan members a way to increase their levels of physical activity while motivating them to remain active,” said Peggy Davis, Independent Health’s Director of Health Promotion. “Research points to the significant health benefits of regular exercise for older adults. In addition to helping our members stay physically healthy all year long, SilverSneakers also offers a great way for them to socialize, meet new friends and have fun.”

SilverSneakers members can now receive a basic membership to the JCC, as well as the more than 11,000 participating fitness centers nationwide, where they can enjoy specialized non-impact fitness classes focusing on improving strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. In addition to classes, participants can also enjoy other fitness facility membership benefits where available, including:

• Use of each facility’s exercise equipment (e.g., treadmills, exercise bikes, etc.)
• Weight training
• Circuit training
• Other fitness amenities (e.g., aerobics, sauna, hot tub, social events)

For more information about the SilverSneakers Fitness Program, please call Independent Health’s Member Services Department at (716) 635-4900 or 1-800-958-4405, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (TDD users may call 1-888-357-917). Or visit

The SilverSneakers® Fitness Program is offered by Healthways, an industry leader providing specialized, comprehensive Health and Care SupportSM solutions to help people maintain or improve their health. SilverSneakers was founded in 1992 and is the nation’s leading social support and exercise program designed to keep older adults healthy. Offering an innovative blend of physical activity, healthy lifestyle and socially-oriented programming, the unique program is made available through many Medicare health plans, Medicare Supplement carriers and group retiree plans at more than 11,000 participating fitness and wellness centers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and D.C. For more information on SilverSneakers, call 888-423-4632 or visit

Headquartered in Buffalo, Independent Health began operations in 1980 and has consistently been rated among the top health plans in the country for customer service and member satisfaction. Independent Health’s comprehensive portfolio of product and service offerings include HMO, POS, PPO and EPO products, Medicare and Medicaid plans, traditional indemnity insurance, consumer-directed plans, coverage for self-funded employers, plus health savings account (HSA) and pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services. Combined, the company provides health benefits and services to nearly 375,000 individuals in Western New York and throughout the country. For more information, visit Independent Health’s website at

A Medicare Advantage Organization with a Medicare contract.

SilverSneakers is offered in all eight counties of Western New York, and is exclusively offered in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties and at participating locations nationwide. The benefit information provided herein is a brief summary, not a comprehensive description of benefits. For more information, contact the plan.

SilverSneakers® is a registered mark of Healthways, Inc.

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