George Jacobs

swanson-award-george-jacobsFive years ago, 80-year-old Charlotte, N.C. resident George Jacobs began a lifestyle metamorphosis. He walked into his first SilverSneakers Fitness program class and didn’t look back. He had never set foot inside a fitness facility, much less attended any type of group class, but he quickly took SilverSneakers’ “Fitness, Fun and Friends” to heart by attending classes, incorporating healthy life choices and leading the social activities for his classmates. When SilverSneakers was no longer available at his location, he rallied more than 60 class members, and even his class instructor, to find a new location for his fitness family – making him a true SilverSneakers champion.

“After enrolling at the gym and joining the SilverSneakers class, I began my whole mind and body makeover. I gained back all my independence, lost 80 pounds and completed my first 5K.”