National Fitness Campaign
Sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS), Kansas Recreation & Park Association (KRPA) and the National Fitness Campaign launched a statewide partnership to expand free access to high quality workouts by bringing outdoor Fitness Courts® to communities across Kansas. This partnership was formed to fight obesity, improve quality of life and create equitable access to exercise for communities around the state. Park and Recreation departments, municipalities, schools and other organizations may apply for grant funding to assist in building a Fitness Court®, courtesy of BCBSKS and National Fitness Campaign. Grant recipients will receive tools, education and planning resources to build and sustain an exceptional outdoor wellness culture.

    This state-wide grant program includes:

    • exclusive funding opportunities to join the campaign and launch the Fitness Court® and wellness programming

    • continuing education regarding implementation of healthy infrastructure and pedestrian oriented planning principles

    • comprehensive suite of tools, fitness classes and programs designed to build a wellness culture in communities across Kansas

      Grant funding represents an important share of the funding required to adopt and launch the program, with cities and local sponsors bringing remaining funds together to build partnerships across the state. To learn more, visit https://nationalfitnesscampaign.com/kansas.

      What is the National Fitness Campaign?

      Founded in San Francisco in 1979, National Fitness Campaign is a wellness consulting firm that provides programs and services to cities, schools and sponsors with the mission to build healthy communities nationwide. The campaign delivers an integrated wellness initiative, centered around the Fitness Court® –the world's best outdoor gym. National Fitness Campaign is planning its 500th healthy community, uniting the country’s largest public-private partnership in support of wellness with the goal of building a Fitness Court® within a 10-minute bike ride of every American. Check out this 3-minute video to learn more.


      Interested?

      Sign up today for a remote program briefing about feasibility study and qualifying for funding during the application period.  Members can request a briefing by contacting Jamie Reed at jamie@krpa.org.


      Intersection of Art & Fitness

      Fitness Courts® can be designed as kinetic art pieces to showcase the value and inspiration born from connecting the power of the arts with the joy of wellness. Click here to learn more about the many ways that every Fitness Court® can be designed to be the perfect expression of the arts, as National Fitness Campaign and BCBSKS improve the built environment to get people outside and moving in your community!

      Art Grants are also available for Kansas communities that could be used towards your custom Fitness Court®. Click here for the Office of Rural Prosperity Mural Program (2024 grant applications open soon).


      KRPA Agency Experience with NFC

      In collaboration with the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, the City of Ottawa debuted their brand new outdoor Fitness Court® and wellness programming during the popular Chamber Coffee event on a Friday morning in late July 2023.

      “We had the ribbon cutting for the new Fitness Court® at Kanza park this morning! I am excited about this opportunity for our citizens to become even healthier and for those who cannot or do not wish to have a gym membership to be able to become stronger. There is a QR code for a guided quick workout or follow the guidance on the wall- dedicate 7 minutes each time and watch the results!” - Emily Graves, City Commissioner for Ottawa, KS

                  

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