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How Frank Longo Found His Fit

Want to start an exercise routine but think it’s too expensive or inconvenient? Not when you use Living Fit through your BlueCHiP for Medicare plan. With Living Fit, you pay only $5 at your choice of more than 45 local fitness centers, including YMCA locations. Lifelong BCBSRI member Frank Longo did, and he’s reaping the benefits.

Why did you join the gym?

I joined the Kent County YMCA four years ago because my doctor wanted me to participate in some form of cardio exercise, and Blue Cross gave me a discount to do it.My wife and I like to travel, so it’s nice to have the extra savings in my pocket.

What’s your typical exercise routine?

I try to exercise six times a week. About four times a week, I go to the gym and walk three miles on the treadmill and use the abdominal machine. The other two days, I ride my stationary bike at home. And since I’ve been going to the gym, I’m more careful about what I eat. I’m not perfect, but I try.

Have you always taken care of your health?

Ten years ago I quit smoking for good on the way to have double bypass surgery. The nurse asked me if I smoked and I said, ‘No, I quit.’ She asked, ‘How long ago did you quit?’ and I said, ‘About 10 minutes ago.’ I never looked back. I’m not trying to become a bodybuilder. I’m just trying to stay alive.

I understand you are a Vietnam veteran—thank you for your service. With the free resources available to you, what made you choose Medicare through Blue Cross?

I’ve been a Blue Cross member my whole life. My father owned a business and offered Blue Cross to our employees, and then I stayed with it through one form or the other. I’m disabled so I go to the VA for some of my care and my medications, but it’s important that I have the flexibility to see my primary care doctor and specialists. It’s the best of both worlds. And it’s nice to be able to talk with someone at the Warwick Your Blue Store when it’s time to renew.

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