NASHVILLE, Tenn. (8/15/19) – Tivity Health®, recognized Saint Joseph’s College of Maine at the 2019 Connectivity Summit on Rural Aging for extensive work to promote healthier aging and social connectivity for older adults. Saint Joseph’s College is one of 19 organizations nationwide recognized for community-based programs that successfully promote healthier aging and social connectivity.

Connectivity Summit on Rural Aging group photo

Participants at the 2019 Connectivity Summit on Rural Aging. Photo courtesy of Heather DiYenno, program director for Saint Joseph’s College’s Institute for Integrative Aging.

This year’s Connectivity Summit is focused on the conditions in which people live, work and age – also known as the social determinants of health – exploring how these factors impact the health of older Americans living in rural areas and solutions that can mitigate their impact.

“At Tivity Health, we are committed to improving the lives of aging adults who live in rural communities,” said Donato Tramuto, Chief Executive Officer, Tivity Health. “This movement begins at the community level, and we congratulate our 2019 Community Connectivity Award recipients in this mission and thank them for all that they are doing to improve the quality of life for many older adults.”

The Summit will be an incubator for collaboration among diverse stakeholders to evaluate existing models of success and to consider new opportunities to address social isolation and improve the well-being of rural seniors.

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine is taking an innovative approach to addressing the needs of its rural aging population. The newly created Institute for Integrative Aging (IIA) is committed to developing a variety of programs and activities geared toward wellness, social engagement and longevity.

Integrative Aging—a term coined by Saint Joseph’s College President Jim Dlugos—seeks to advance the concepts of integrative medicine and health care by developing an understanding and approach to aging. Integrative Aging understands the multi-dimensional aspects of aging (physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual) along with societal factors (socio-economic, urban vs. rural issues and cultural identity) that can negatively impact the health of a population.

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine  was recognized in the storybook Aging Well in Rural America: A Collection of Stories from the Heartland, highlighting 19 organizations around the country who embody the spirit of improving seniors’ lives in rural America.

About Tivity Health, Inc.

Tivity Health®, Inc. (Nasdaq: TVTY) is a leading provider of health improvement, nutrition, fitness and social engagement solutions at scale to improve clinical outcomes, reduce healthcare costs and create opportunities to feel better, work better and live better. With decades of clinical and operational expertise, the Company touches millions of consumers through its integrated portfolio of brands and works directly with hundreds of healthcare practitioners and many of the nation’s largest payers and employers. Tens of millions of Americans are currently eligible for Tivity Health’s SilverSneakers®, Prime® Fitness, WholeHealth Living™ and flip50™ programs and millions of people have lost weight with Nutrisystem®, South Beach Diet® and DNA BodyBlueprint™. As part of its commitment to tackling social isolation and loneliness, in 2017, Tivity Health launched a rural aging initiative to address challenges unique to older adults in rural communities. Learn more at TivityHealth.com.