2016 Richard L. Swanson Inspiration Award
2016 Richard L. Swanson Inspiration Award

It's time to nominate a SilverSneakers member who:

• Inspires others with their life-changing fitness or health story
• Experienced a significant positive impact in their daily life through SilverSneakers programs
• Goes above and beyond to help others feel welcome in the program
• Never misses a workout

If someone you know fits this description, or if that someone is you, nominate them for the 13th annual Richard L. Swanson Inspiration Award! Nominations are being accepted now through June 2. Once nominations close, 10 nominees will be selected and their stories shared online where an open vote will name the national award winner. The 2017 winner will be announced in July.


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Last Year's Winner

A disease called Charcot claimed both of Gay R.'s legs from the knees down, but that didn't stop her from seeking out personal training. When asked what she expected to gain from the sessions, she replied, "I expect to be walking again!" Gay trained three times per week f or three months to strengthen her upper body, thighs and glutes. When her prosthetics arrived, not only did she walk – she got on the elliptical machine and worked out! She inspires her fellow members, proving there are no excuses for not exercising.

About the Swanson Award

The 13th annual Richard L. Swanson Inspiration Award honors a SilverSneakers member who has made a difference in their own life through their dedication to health and well-being, and has inspired and motivated others. The Swanson Award is in memory of SilverSneakers founder Mary Swanson's father, who served as the inspiration for the nationally acclaimed fitness program.

About the Swanson Award