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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 (NFC) have 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 the NFC. 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 NFC initiative
    • 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 NFC partnerships across the state. To learn more, visit https://nationalfitnesscampaign.com/kansas.

    What is the National Fitness Campaign?

    The National Fitness Campaign (NFC) delivers a comprehensive fitness and wellness ecosystem built around their highly acclaimed digital Fitness Court®. This award-winning initiative is now supporting more than one hundred and fifty cities across America. The program is poised to deliver important outdoor wellness infrastructure to help communities stay active across the state of Kansas in a time of great need, due to significant impact on indoor gyms and fitness opportunities constrained by the pandemic. Check out the NFC video to learn more!


    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 NFC/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. The application open period is March 13- May 1, 2023.

    KRPA Agency Experience with NFC

    Wyandotte County Park and Recreation Department joined the NFC Campaign back in 2018.  They installed their first fitness court in December 2019. 

    "NFC was great to work with.  They were flexible and provided support such as crowdfunding, marketing, and planning.  They communicated with us frequently to make sure we had what we needed and to ensure the project was on track.  The fitness court provides an opportunity for FREE fitness, and the neighborhood that this court was installed in has shown a great appreciation for it.  Since installing the fitness court at St. Margaret’s Park, we have received a number of inquiries from community members wanting one in their neighborhood park.  With our intentions of offering boot camp sessions, we saw the potential in positive impacts on our community as far as offering physical fitness/health opportunities that some of these communities don’t easily have access to. 
    We had original plans to run FREE boot camps for our community, but due to COVID, we did have to cancel those. However, we had a strong interest in those classes.  We have seen the community using the court once we opened playgrounds back up due to being closed during PHASE 1 of COVID.  Our local KCKPAL boxing program has utilized the fitness court to conduct some same, COVID friendly training." - Angel Obert, Assistant Director, WYCO/KCK UG Parks and Recreation


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