Sandra’s SilverSneakers Story

8 Jul

Kuperman, Sandra

Sandra Kuperman, who recently turned 78, was diagnosed with diabetes 40 years ago. As a busy mother of three, her own health and wellness was not a priority for many years.

However, when Sandra joined SilverSneakers® 8 years ago she went from never working out to exercising daily. Now, she maintains good control of her diabetes and also serves as a mentor in the YWCA’s Diabetes Wellness and Prevention program. She facilitates groups, is an active self-manager, and serves as a good example of someone who continues to take on the daily management of a chronic condition by exercising and making diligent eating choices.

Because Sandra leads by example and has one of the most charming personalities around, she has the ability to cultivate long-lasting relationships within the SilverSneakers® program. Participants are well aware of her compassion for others because she is that member that goes above and beyond to help others feel welcome.

Sandra brings newspaper articles and magazines that may help motivate individuals about eating healthy or positive thinking, and she has visited with members who may be unable to attend classes because of illness or injury so that their morale continues to grow while they are away from the program. She deliberately comes to classes early so that she has time to check in with individuals to see how they are doing, and she shares with everyone the most amazing smile that has the ability of lighting up an entire room.

While managing diabetes, back problems, and numbness in her hands presents hurdles, Sandra receives strength through maintaining a healthy diet, exercising even when she does not want to, always focusing on positive thinking, and constantly interacting with others.

It is for these reasons that the YWCA of Asheville nominated Sandra Kuperman for the Richard L. Swanson Inspirational Award, which honors a member of Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness program whose healthy lifestyle has made a difference in his or her own life and has inspired others.  She inspires and motivates us daily here at the YWCA and we (and our members) are so fortunate to have her in the SilverSneakers® program.

Award finalists will be chosen soon and we will have the ability to vote on the SilverSneakers®  Facebook page for the overall winner in August. Winners will be announced in September.

If you or someone you know is interested in SilverSneakers®, please contact Pamela White Wolsey, Membership Coordinator, at or 828-254-7206, ext. 105.

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