Denver fitness trainer wins national award for helping others reach their fitness goals
NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SilverSneakers® by Tivity Health (NASDAQ:TVTY) announced today the national winner for the inaugural SilverSneakers Instructor of the Year award. Denver resident Terecita (Ti) Blair was selected for her commitment to helping SilverSneakers members reach their health and fitness goals.
After surviving a serious car accident, Blair began her road to recovery through exercise and strength training. Inspired by SilverSneakers, Blair became a certified SilverSneakers trainer to share her passion with others. Blair was nominated by SilverSneakers members, fitness location staff, family, friends and fellow instructors. They say she connects with her class participants on a personal level, acting as their devoted and caring cheerleader who helps improve their health through fitness.
“Terecita is vivacious, energizing and compassionate. She truly cares about her students. She makes the SilverSneakers classes fun! She explains why each exercise is good for us and works with the whole person, not just the physical. Ti is exceptional,” says Marlene Koehler, who nominated Blair for the award and attends Blair’s SilverSneakers class at Cook Park Recreation Center, part of Denver Parks and Recreation.
The SilverSneakers Instructor of the Year award honors an exemplary fitness instructor who has made a difference in the lives of SilverSneakers members through camaraderie, motivation, enthusiasm and fitness. The award recognizes the impact SilverSneakers instructors have on their community, helping members reach their health and fitness goals.
“We have tremendous admiration for our network of instructors who work directly with our members to transform their lives,” said Donato Tramuto, Tivity Health CEO. “In addition to helping members stay physically healthy and achieve their fitness goals, our instructors are instrumental in creating the tight-knit communities and friendships that are the hallmarks of the SilverSneakers program.”
SilverSneakers received more than 3,200 nominations for over 500 instructors from program members, family, friends and fitness location staff, and will recognize the top five nominees with class celebrations. The other four finalists include:
- Donna Culley, Midlothian, Va.
Culley works diligently to make all her SilverSneakers class members feel like individuals. She works closely with each participant to support their needs and ability, providing exercise modifications to keep everyone engaged. Caring and kind, she is open to class feedback and works to make her classes safe and fun for all members – and as a result, Culley’s classes are always full! SilverSneakers members say Culley is an excellent instructor and makes everyone feel respected, valued and appreciated.
- Deborah Walter, Hickory, Tenn.
Dynamic and personable, Walter encourages those who take her class to live a healthier lifestyle and is committed to improving their well-being. She encourages and educates members, explaining the purpose of each movement and how it affects the muscles and parts of the body. She offers a friendly, patient environment and makes exercise a fun challenge. Members share that Walter’s class is the highlight of their week, and they look forward to the shared camaraderie she creates.
- Lynne Goodwin, Greensboro, N.C.
Goodwin has been a SilverSneakers instructor at the Bryan Family YMCA for more than 10 years and has built a strong community that has become her ‘Y’ family – both in and out of the gym. She can be found sitting with members after class enjoying a cup of coffee and some laughs, or hosting the holiday potluck for members at her house. Because of her dedication, her classes average 40 or more participants. SilverSneakers members appreciate Goodwin for always going above and beyond her instructor role, developing a strong rapport with her classes.
- Jasmyn Ginn, Indianapolis, Ind.
New to the SilverSneakers family, Ginn has made a tremendous impact in a short time. Always putting the needs of others before her own, she checks in on members that miss a class and provides individualized attention during each class. Ginn is pleasant and a joy to be around; her patience makes her an excellent instructor, and she gives each class her all. Her members share that Ginn’s class has helped them improve their lives, whether that’s helping with balance, lowering blood pressure or improving back problems.
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 are 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 Instructor of the Year award, visit SilverSneakers.com.
SilverSneakers, by Tivity Health, is the nation’s leading community fitness program for older Americans. The program was founded in 1992 and is available to more than 14.5 million Medicare beneficiaries through many Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplement carriers and group retiree plans. This year, SilverSneakers is celebrating its 25th anniversary, decades of improving the physical, social and mental health of millions of older Americans. Learn more about the program’s legacy and anniversary at silversneakers25.com, and to check eligibility or enroll, go to silversneakers.com.
About Tivity Health
Tivity Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:TVTY) is a leading provider of fitness and health improvement programs, with strong capabilities in developing and managing network solutions. Through its existing three networks, SilverSneakers® - the nation’s leading fitness program for older adults, Prime® Fitness and WholeHealth Living™, Tivity Health is focused on targeted population health for those 50 and over. With more than 14.5 million Americans eligible for SilverSneakers, over 10,000 fitness centers in the Prime Fitness Network, and more than 25 years of clinical and operational expertise in managing specialty health benefits and networks, including chiropractic services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, acupuncture, massage and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) services, the Company touches millions of consumers across the country and works directly with hundreds of healthcare practitioners and many of the nation’s largest payers and employers. Learn more at tivityhealth.com.
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