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Washington Finds Community-Based Exercise Program Lowers Healthcare Costs

Lower health care costs, fewer unplanned hospitalizations, and fewer deaths among Medicare enrollees were results suggested by evidence from the University of Washington’s EnhanceFitness program, a community-based exercise program for older adults. The findings were included in a recent report to Congress by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “We have known for several years now that EnhanceFitness preserves the health of older adults,” said Dr. Jeffrey Harris, director of the UW Health Promotion Research Center in the University of Washington School of Public Health. “The report’s finding that EnhanceFitness may lower health care costs is exciting news and should lead to expanded delivery of this valuable program.”