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Florence’s Barbara Manning a finalist for national Silver Sneaker award — vote to make her the winner

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Florence resident, Barbara Manning, has been selected as one of the Top 10 Finalists for the 2017 SilverSneakers®Richard L. Swanson Inspiration Award, honoring older adults for their dedication to fitness and overall well-being. The national award winner will be selected by a public vote through July 14.

Barbara Manning

Manning experienced terrible back pain that left her in bed most of the day. In an effort to avoid the surgery her doctor recommended, she joined SilverSneakers through her insurance provider, Aetna, and turned to exercise to help relieve her pain. To her surprise, once she began exercising at the local R.C. Durr YMCA, she felt much better and continued this path until she was pain-free. Manning is now able to live an active lifestyle and credits SilverSneakers for transforming her life. 
 
The 13th annual Richard L. Swanson Inspiration Award honors a SilverSneakers member who has improved their life through fitness, health and well-being, inspiring and motivating others along the way.
 
The Top 10 Finalists’ stories are shared on the website where an open vote will name the national award recipient. NKyians are encouraged to vote for Manning’s inspiring story through July 14. You can vote once per day at SilverSneakers.com/SwansonAward.
 
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, SilverSneakers is the nation’s leading community fitness program designed specifically for older Americans. SilverSneakers helps older adults take greater control of their health by engaging participants in more frequent exercise, strength training, aerobics and flexibility training through a variety of venues and programming.
 
The program offers a variety of specialized group exercise classes designed for all fitness levels, ranging from SilverSneakers Classic to SilverSneakers BOOM™, and yoga. SilverSneakers provides members access to more than 13,000 fitness and wellness facilities nationwide, as well as the SilverSneakers FLEX® network, which includes more than 70 unique classes and activities at parks, recreation centers and other local venues. More than 14.5 million people eligible for the SilverSneakers benefit offered at no cost through the nation’s leading Medicare Advantage health plans, Medicare Supplement carriers and group retiree plans.
 
To find out if you are eligible for SilverSneakers and for more information about the award, visit SilverSneakers.com.

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