The SilverSneakers Swanson Award

The 15th 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 SilverSneakers Swanson Award was established in memory of SilverSneakers founder Mary Swanson’s father, who served as the inspiration for the nationally acclaimed program.

The 2019 SilverSneakers Swanson Award voting is now closed. Thank you for your votes. Please check back July 8 for the announcement of the winner.

2019 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
  • Once voting is open, anyone can vote once per day on
  • The national winner is announced on and
  • Tivity Health holds celebrations for the 10 finalists, including a special celebration for the national winner.
  • See timeline below for all dates

2019 Timeline


May 1-15

From May 1 through 15, nominate a SilverSneakers member for this prestigious award. Yes, you can 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 Love Life LongerTM. For example, 2018 national winner, Sally befriends everyone she meets. She makes it her personal mission to greet new members, send get well cards and organize birthday parties and outside events for her fellow SilverSneakers members. She loves to talk to members about the SilverSneakers program. See last year’s winner.

Top 10 Selected

May 15-31

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


June 3-17

Starting June 3, read the 10 finalists’ stories and vote for your favorite. You can vote once per day and voting closes June 17.

Winner Announced

July 8

The National Winner will be announced on and on July 8.

Top-10 Events

August 1 – 31

Events will be held honoring the 10 finalists, including the National Winner.

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