Sahuarita resident Pamela Cherry is one of the Top 10 finalists for the 2019 SilverSneakers®Swanson Award, presented to one member whose commitment to health and staying active encourages others to love life longer. The national award winner will be selected by a public vote. Now through June 17, 2019, the community is invited to vote for their inspiring story at SilverSneakers.com/swansonaward.

Pam enjoyed a distinguished career as a healthcare professional, but after retiring, she experienced serious physical health problems that left her hardly able to walk. This motivated her to invest her time into improving her strength, mobility and general wellness through SilverSneakers.

Now she is known as a “go-getter” and “never misses a beat.” Other SilverSneakers members say they can count on her to be in the gym early helping the instructor set up, making sure the room is clean and ensuring everyone feels welcome and has the equipment they need. Members also say Pam motivates everyone with her infectious smile and helpful attitude, and like a ray of sunshine, she makes you glad you are in class.

The 15th annual Swanson 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 award was created by SilverSneakers founder Mary Swanson, whose father served as the inspiration for the nationally acclaimed fitness program.

SilverSneakers is the nation’s leading community fitness program for older Americans. Founded in 1992, it is available to more than 15 million Medicare beneficiaries through many Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplement carriers and group retiree plans, giving members unlimited access to more than 14,000 fitness and wellness locations across the country. For more information, to check eligibility or enroll, go to SilverSneakers.com.

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