Tivity Health Swanson Awards

The 2020 SilverSneakers Swanson Award

The 16th annual 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 SilverSneakers Swanson Award was established in memory of SilverSneakers founder Mary Swanson’s father, who served as the inspiration for the nationally acclaimed program.

2020 Award Details

  • Anyone can nominate a current SilverSneakers member for the award by submitting that member’s inspirational story.
  • A Tivity Health® committee selects the top 10 nominees and publishes their stories on SilverSneakers.com/SwansonAward.

2020 Timeline


July 27 – August 9

From July 27 through August 9, nominate a SilverSneakers member for this prestigious award.
Yes, you can even nominate yourself.

A nominee is someone with an inspiring story about the impact SilverSneakers has had on his or her life, and who encourages and motivates others to live with vitality and purpose. For example, 2019 national winner Lonnie Cathey is living proof that exercise can benefit all areas of his life.
Since beginning his fitness journey, Lonnie has lost 30 pounds, participated in several marathons
and achieved his first-degree black belt in martial arts. He volunteers within his community
and is always at the front of his SilverSneakers class. Lonnie not only lives his life to the fullest, he
encourages those around him to do the same.
See last year’s winner.

Top 10 Selected

July 27 – August 9

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


August 24 – September 4

Starting August 24, read the 10 finalists’ stories and vote for your favorite. You can vote once per day and voting closes September 4.

Winner Announced

September 14

The National Winner will be announced on SilverSneakers.com/SwansonAward and Facebook.com/SilverSneakers on September 14.

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 SilverSneakers.com.