Clover Health Survey Finds 63% of Savannah Seniors Exercise at Least Three Days per Week
Chatham County residents over 60 show commitment to staying active with physical fitness rates above the national average
SAVANNAH, Ga. (August 3, 2019) — Today, newly released survey results from Clover Health revealed 63% of Savannah seniors exercise at least three days per week, for 20 minutes or longer per session. Nationally, only 51% of seniors report activity three or more days per week, putting Savannah seniors far ahead of their peers across the U.S.
According to the CDC, regular physical activity is vital for healthy aging, as it can help delay, prevent or manage many chronic diseases. Further, just 15 minutes per day of brisk walking, cycling or swimming may help older adults live longer.
“We’re happy to see a majority of Savannah’s older adults are getting the exercise needed to maintain an active lifestyle,” said Dr. Steven K. Corse an in-network Clover physician from Bradley Corse Gaskin Medical Group. “Even in the hot summer months, we recommend integrating movement into your daily routine — exercise in a gym, pool or fitness class are all great indoor options.”
For older adults in Chatham County, the Clover survey also found:
Married seniors are getting more exercise: 68% of Savannah’s older adults who are married or in a relationship exercise three or more days per week, compared to 51% of those who are single.
Working adults over 60 are more active: 81% of Savannah seniors who are employed exercise at least three days per week, compared to 56% of non-working seniors.
City-dwellers exercise more often: 73% of seniors living in the city of Savannah exercise three or more days per week, compared to 64% in rural areas and 58% of those who live in the suburbs.
Nearly a quarter of local seniors reported a sedentary lifestyle. While Savannah’s older adults are generally active, 21% of those surveyed do not exercise at all.
As a Medicare Advantage plan committed to preventative healthcare, Clover partners with
SilverSneakers®, the nation’s leading fitness program for older adults, which provides workout classes, memberships to partner fitness locations, and online tools and resources to support a healthy lifestyle. Clover members in Savannah have access to SilverSneakers as part of their plan benefits.
“We’re passionate about helping older adults stay active as they age, a mission that aligns with Clover’s goal to keep its members healthy,” said Steve Janicak, Healthcare Division President, of Tivity Health, the company that offers SilverSneakers. “With our variety of class offerings, from chair yoga to strength training to Zumba classes, along with our network of more than 16,000 fitness locations, it’s fun and easy for seniors to get the exercise they need to age healthfully.”
The study from Clover, a healthcare company using technology to improve medical outcomes, was conducted by Wakefield Research of 300 adults age 60 and older in the Savannah area. The national survey was of 1,000 adults 60+ throughout the U.S.