Sally J. Miller, 73, of DeWitt, just won the 2018 Richard Swanson Inspiration Award from SilverSneakers and Tivity Health. Nominated by her son Robb, who is the owner of Snap Fitness in St. Johns, Miller said she is surprised and honored to win the award.
SilverSneakers is a program that encourages older adults to participate in physical activities that will help them to maintain greater control of their health. Miller received 30,000 votes to win the award.
“The SilverSneakers group at Snap Fitness incorporates exercises that help increase my balance, flexibility, cardio, and strength,” she said. “I work out to better my health and to live the best life possible. My father died of a massive heart attack at age 68. My mother suffered from dementia for several years before her passing. I love my SilverSneakers group as they have become a part of my family.”
Her son said that his mom has a contagious energy. “She loves motivating and cheering on those around her,” he wrote. “She loves to talk to members about the SilverSneakers program and listens with a warm heart when members are having life challenges. Because of her enthusiasm, the SilverSneakers program at her location has grown to 25 members.”
She said the program, as well as watching what she eats, has allowed her to be more active.
“My health and fitness lifestyle has helped me to be active with all of my hobbies,” she said. “I’m a very active grandma and I love going to events to watch the kiddos.” Her advice to anyone who thinks they can’t get in shape is to seek help. “If you need help with weight loss, lack motivation, or just need a family fitness environment find a local fitness facility,” she said. “I love my fitness family.”