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Southeast Community Care Offers Free Fitness Center Membership as Part of HealthySteps Program to Greenville Medicare Beneficiaries.

Fitness and MedicAlert[R] Programs Help Medicare Beneficiaries Lead Healthy, Active Lives

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Greenville area Medicare beneficiaries can now take steps - HealthySteps - towards a healthy, more active life. Southeast Community Care is offering its members in Greenville and Pickens counties HealthySteps, a value added health promotion service designed to make it easy for members to take steps towards a healthier lifestyle without financial burden. Southeast Community Care members can join participating fitness centers and enroll in the MedicAlert[R] program at no additional cost.

"We are committed to providing our members with added tools and services that will allow them to improve their health and well-being," said Dr. John Austin, MD, Chairman, Southeast Community Care. "As a physician I know the importance of a healthy lifestyle and I believe health plans have a responsibility to their members to help improve health, not just treat disease. This program makes it easy for our members to access free gym memberships and private emergency response services that they otherwise might not set aside the monthly resources for."

Under the HealthySteps Fitness Program, Southeast Community Care offers free memberships at participating fitness centers to eligible members. In addition, the Fitness Program includes discounts on wellness practitioners, savings on health and fitness magazines and access to online health information and wellness tips.

The MedicAlert[R] Personal Health Information and emergency notification service is also offered. Eligible Southeast Community Care members can signup for a MedicAlert[R] membership at no additional cost. MedicAlert[R], a trusted non-profit organization operating for over 50 years, provides personal health information to medical professionals 24 hours a day worldwide. The MedicAlert[R] membership includes a Personal Health Record (PHR), 24-hour emergency response and family notification services, and emergency member wallet card.

"We don't just talk to our members about staying healthy, we help them do something about it," said John Sirigos, Executive Director for Southeast Community Care. "We want all eligible members to take advantage of this special service - the Fitness Program helps them stay active and MedicAlert provides peace of mind and assistance when needed most."

Southeast Community Care members in the Plus Plan, Premier Plan or Dual Plus Plan are eligible for the Fitness Program. Members enrolled in the Premier Plan or Dual Plus Plan can sign up for the MedicAlert[R] service.

Southeast Community Care is provided by Arcadian Health Plan, Inc., a national Medicare Advantage health plan provider offering comprehensive low cost health plans. Arcadian's locally operated Medicare health plans are currently offered in parts of Washington state, Arizona, Texas, Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia, and Maine. For more information call toll-free 800-941-4903 (TTY/TDD 866-573-8613).
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Date:Mar 14, 2007
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