The Swanson Award

The 14th annual Richard L. Swanson Inspiration Award honors a SilverSneakers member who has improved his or her own life through a healthy lifestyle that incorporates physical activity while inspiring and motivating others along the way. The Swanson Award was established in memory of SilverSneakers founder Mary Swanson’s father, who served as the inspiration for the nationally acclaimed program.

The 2018 SilverSneakers Swanson Award nominations are now closed. Thank you for your submissions.

Please check back June 18 for the announcement of the Top 10 finalists, as selected by a Tivity Health committee. An online public vote will take place June 18-29, to determine the national winner. You can vote once per day during the voting period.

The 2018 SilverSneakers Swanson Award winner will be announced on July 2. SilverSneakers will host celebratory events for the winner and each finalist to take place at their location in August.

Follow along on Facebook, @SilverSneakers, for more information on the announcements, finalists and voting process.

2018 Timeline



April 30 – May 13
Nominations are now closed.

Top 10 Selected

May 14 – June 15
The top 10 nominees will be selected, and their stories will be shared right here on our website during the voting period.


June 18 – 29
Starting June 18, read the 10 finalists’ stories and vote for your favorite. Voting closes June 29.

Winner Announced

July 2
The National Winner will be announced on and on July 2.

Top-10 Events

August 1 – 31
Events will be held honoring the 10 finalists, including the National Winner.

2017 Swanson Award Winner Barb McGirr

About SilverSneakers

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 15 million Medicare beneficiaries through many Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplement carriers and group retiree plans. For more information, to check eligibility or enroll, go to