Bloomfield, Conn., and St. Louis, Mo., August 28, 2023 –The Cigna Group Foundation announced the kickoff of programming funded as part of a multi-year $150,000 partnership with the Gateway Region YMCA to help local seniors improve their health and well-being, which according to research, underpin vitality. The Y will host a seniors health fair in the morning, along with a check presentation ceremony Wednesday, August 30 at 12 p.m. at the Carondelet Park Y ( 930 Holly Hills Ave, St. Louis, MO, 63111). The event will include a variety of vendors and resource tables, presentations from professionals on mental health and healthy eating - including a cooking demonstration - lunch, and an active older adult fitness class.

The Y will utilize the funding from The Cigna Group Foundation for a dedicated staff person focused on improving social connectedness, decreasing isolation and identifying opportunities for seniors to be well emotionally, mindfully and physically. This will include wrap-around support through programming such as fitness classes, health resources, social activities, pickleball, nutrition education and community gardens. “Social connections are essential for physical and mental health at all ages, and the Y has long been a place for seniors to connect with others,” said Brent Hunter, Mid-America market growth leader, Cigna Healthcare. “Our partnership with the Gateway Region YMCA aims to reach seniors and empower them to strengthen their health and vitality. We are excited to partner with the Y to reach more people at pivotal stages of their lives with programming to support their health, well-being and more vital communities.”

The Cigna Groups proprietary research of 10,000 U.S. adults indicates that less than one in five U.S. adults experience high vitality - defined as the capacity to pursue life’s joys with health, strength and energy. “The Gateway Region YMCA is grateful to the generous funding from The Cigna Group Foundation to help us provide essential support services to seniors in our region,” stated Tim Helm, President and CEO of the Gateway Region YMCA. “Healthy Living is core to the Y’s mission and this tremendous partnership will allow us to improve our reach to seniors in many ways. We look forward to providing seniors with more supportive environments, enhancing social connections, improving health and simply creating fun opportunities.” This partnership is part of a $1 million grant by The Cigna Group Foundation to the YMCA of the USA to help improve the vitality of local communities. The grant will also support programming in Memphis, Houston,
Phoenix, and Nashville.