Kaiser Permanente Selects Silver&Fit(R) Senior Fitness Program for More Than 50,000...

Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:51pm EST

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Kaiser Permanente Selects Silver&Fit(R) Senior Fitness Program for More Than
50,000 KP Senior Advantage (HMO) Members in Oregon and Washington

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 18, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Specialty Health
Incorporated (ASH), one of the nation's leading health and wellness
organizations, announced that the Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region has
selected its Silver&Fit(R) senior fitness and healthy aging program for over
50,000 individual* and group KP Senior Advantage Medicare members in 15 counties
in Oregon and Washington states.

Upon enrollment to the Silver&Fit program, members receive a no-cost membership
at one of more than 400 participating fitness clubs and exercise facilities.
Their Silver&Fit membership includes all of the standard amenities offered by
that club's standard membership, such as access to weight equipment,
cardiovascular equipment, and where available, pools, saunas, and whirlpool
facilities. In some full-service fitness clubs, members may also participate in
a fitness program specifically designed for older adults.

Seniors who are not able to participate at the fitness club or simply prefer to
work out at home may participate instead in the Silver&Fit Home Fitness Program.
Upon enrollment, seniors receive a home fitness kit that may focus on core
strength, exercise, walking, aqua aerobics, Pilates, yoga, tai chi, or stress
management. Each kit includes tools to help members perform exercises at home.
Home Fitness Program members may receive DVDs or Internet access to a variety of
fitness classes, all of which are designed specifically for seniors.

All Silver&Fit members receive The Silver Slate(R) quarterly newsletter, access
to the SilverandFit.com Web site, and a toll-free hotline to provide information
and answer questions about the program.

For Kaiser Permanente, access to Silver&Fit is an ideal benefit for Senior
Advantage members, and they've responded.

"Our Medicare members have really embraced fitness, and we are delighted that by
working with Silver&Fit, we are able to offer seniors even more options to build
fitness into their lives," said Kaiser's Daelene Schwartz, Director, Medicare
and Special Populations.

Silver&Fit was developed to assist seniors in beginning or continuing a regular
exercise program. Regular exercise has shown to be an important element in
preventing some medical conditions, including high blood pressure and heart and
lung disease. Cardiovascular and strength training can also help seniors improve
their balance and become more flexible, preventing common slips and falls and
speeding up the recovery period from such injuries. Access to the network of
exercise facilities is provided through ASH subsidiary American Specialty Health
Networks, Inc.

* Not offered to Kaiser Permanente Senior Advantage Basic (HMO) individual

About the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan

Kaiser Permanente has provided high quality, affordable health care in Oregon
and Southwest Washington for over 60 years. Over 470,000 members are cared for
by 800 physicians at 29 outpatient medical offices, which are linked by a robust
electronic medical record.

Frequently cited by President Obama and other leaders as a model for health care
reform, Kaiser's integrated system delivers high quality, innovative care
focusing on prevention and wellness for its members.

About Silver&Fit and American Specialty Health (ASH)

Silver&Fit is provided by American Specialty Health Networks, Inc. and
Healthyroads, Inc., which are subsidiaries of American Specialty Health
Incorporated (ASH). ASH is a national health and wellness company that provides
population health management programs to health plans, insurance carriers,
employer groups, and trust funds nationwide.

Based in San Diego, ASH has over 700 employees and covers 15.6 million members
in specialty network management, fitness, and wellness and prevention programs.
For more information, visit SilverandFit.com or ASHCompanies.com or call

CONTACT:  American Specialty Health
          Debby Clark

          Kaiser Permanente
          Dave Northfield