SOURCE: Medica

June 29, 2005 15:05 ET

YMCAs Added to Fit Choices(SM) by Medica Network

Offers Workout Credits for Medica Members

MINNETONKA, MN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 29, 2005 -- Medica members in the Twin Cities metro area now have additional facilities at which to improve their health and save money. The YMCA of Greater Saint Paul and the YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis have joined Medica's Fit Choices by Medica network. In all, 21 branches of the YMCA in the greater Twin Cities area and western Wisconsin now are available to Fit Choices by Medica participants.

The program, the first program of its kind in Minnesota, is designed to help members improve their health and save membership and health care dollars. Fit Choices by Medica members get a $20 monthly membership credit just for exercising at a participating YMCA eight or more days per month. A link to participating YMCA branches is available on Medica's website at

"We are delighted to partner with the YMCAs in the greater Twin Cities," said Dr. Charles Fazio, Medica's chief medical officer. "Not only do they help make the Fit Choices by Medica program easily accessible to our members in the metropolitan area through their widespread locations, they are very supportive of our mission to engage our members in greater amounts of physical activity and fitness programs."

"YMCA members have been asking to be a part of Fit Choices by Medica. We're thrilled with the partnership and the opportunity this program provides Y members to increase their level of fitness and improve their health. The program has proven to be a great motivator to get people started on a fitness routine and keep them active," said Robin Hedrick, YMCA Wellness Director.

Studies show that helping people stay healthy not only saves lives, it controls health care costs. An estimated 70 percent of all illnesses are due to lifestyle-related causes such as obesity and physical inactivity, and one-half of all medical costs are attributable to illnesses that could be prevented. Fit Choices by Medica is now a standard component of Medica's offerings to fully insured employers and is being offered as an option for self-insured groups.

Eligible Medica members also have access to an online portion of Fit Choices by Medica. My ePHIT, (Personal Health Improvement Training), is a revolutionary online resource that offers customized health improvement programs, advice, encouragement and rewards for participants. This interactive health improvement program also includes personalized coaching and access to nutritional experts. Members can track their progress and earn reward points, which can be redeemed for health-related merchandise and gift certificates. Family PHIT, meanwhile, includes a children's and teen component -- Kid Phit and Teen Phit -- to provide age specific educational materials, a special weekly family night program, and games and prizes to help the entire family focus on improving their health.

About Medica

Medica is Minnesota's largest HMO, largest PPO and leading non-profit and independent provider of health plans. Medica has 1.2 million members and 24,000 providers in a regional health care network service area that includes 98 percent of Minnesotans and a growing number of adjoining counties in Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota. Medica also offers national network coverage to employers who also have employees outside the Medica regional network.

Medica has the highest accreditation status, Excellent, from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA®) for its Minnesota and North Dakota Medicaid HMO plans and commercial health plans. Medica's vision is to become the community's health plan of choice, trusted for its integrity, respected for its service, and admired for its commitment to innovation and efficiency.

About the YMCA

The YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis and YMCA of Greater Saint Paul operate 21 full facility YMCAs throughout the greater Twin Cities metro area and Hudson, New Richmond and River Falls, WI. The YMCA provides wellness and fitness services as well as aquatics programs, child care, camping and day camping programs serving over 118,000 members and 239,000 program participants annually. Financial assistance was provided to over 26,600 people in the past year.

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    Greg Bury, Medica
    Cellular: 612-810-4556
    E-mail: Email Contact