A pair of organizations are partnering to offer $600,000 in grants to construct outdoor Fitness Courts in Michigan.
Priority Health, Michigan’s second-largest health plan provider, and National Fitness Campaign, a wellness planning and consulting firm, are offering grants to 15 cities and/or schools in Michigan to construct Fitness Courts.
The Fitness Court is a trademarked system created by NFC Founder Mitch Menaged. The courts are designed to be “the world’s best outdoor gym” and the partnership aims to create equitable access to exercise for communities across the state.
More than 150 cities in the U.S. have Fitness Courts, including Big Rapids, Saginaw, Roseville, Brownstown and Garden City in Michigan, as well as on the campus of Oakland University.
Municipalities and schools can apply for a grant at nationalfitnesscampaign.com/michigan. Priority Health and NFC plan to build 15 Fitness Courts in Michigan over the next 18 months. Grant recipients will receive tools, education and planning resources to build and sustain an “exceptional outdoor wellness culture.”
Fitness Courts feature a series of seven-minute workouts, with digital coaching available on the free Fitness Court app.
“This partnership with NFC couldn’t be more timely as we continue to look for innovative partnerships that help create more safe, equitable access to health and wellness for Michigan residents,” stated Marti Lolli, Chief Marketing Officer and SVP of Consumer and Government Markets at Priority Health.
“We believe that all people deserve the opportunity to live a healthy life and we are proud to be Michigan’s first statewide sponsor to show our commitment to improving the health of our communities.”