MVP Health Care Announces $650,000 in Grants to Build Outdoor Fitness Courts with National Fitness Campaign – Oswego County Today

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Partnership seeks applications from local governments and universities in New York

NEW YORK – MVP Health Care (MVP) and the National Fitness Campaign (NFC) today announced the second year of a statewide partnership and the availability of $650,000 in funding to build ten to fifteen state-of-the-art outdoor fitness courts in communities in New York and Vermont. This announcement builds on the successful launch of last year’s partnership, in which MVP and the NFC built 21 fitness courts in New York City.

MVP Health Care Fitness Court, created by NFC, is the world’s best outdoor gym, featuring a series of powerful seven-move stations designed by leading experts in functional fitness and bodyweight training. Users can download the free Fitness Court app, which works like a trainer in your pocket and provides regular content to keep fitness training fun for adults of all ages, abilities and fitness levels. Each Fitness Court location also offers opportunities for free fitness classes through an ambassador program with local trainers.

Since the launch of the partnership between MVP and NFC last year, 21 fitness courts have been built across New York to improve the health and vitality of communities by creating equal access to outdoor wellness programs. In 2022, the 21 fitness courts yielded 44 public-private investment partners and created healthy new infrastructure for 49,000 residents within walking distance and 202,000 residents within biking distance of a fitness court in New York City. At a time of great need for wellness initiatives in New York City, the fitness centers provide equitable access to outdoor exercise equipment that will undoubtedly be a pillar of excellence in local communities.

“The MVP Health Care fitness courts built last year are a physical representation of our commitment to the communities we serve,” said MVP Health Care President and CEO Chris Del Vecchio. “By investing in local neighborhoods and universities, we are advancing our goal of improving access to new and innovative wellness options that can support someone’s journey towards a healthier lifestyle. We are proud to once again partner with the NFC to further our mission to build healthy communities and we look forward to seeing you on the fitness courts.”

MVP and NFC are asking local governments or universities interested in having a fitness center in their city or on their campus to apply for funding to support the construction of an exercise facility in their community. Recipients will receive a wellness toolkit, education and design resources to help plan, fund, build and launch their MVP and NFC outdoor fitness center and community wellness campaign.

“The National Fitness Campaign is proud to extend our partnership with MVP Health Care following a highly successful 2022 campaign as a state sponsor in New York,” said Mitch Menaged, founder of NFC. “This continued investment in healthy communities will provide tremendous resources to contribute to the important mission of fighting noncommunicable diseases and improving health outcomes as the network of wellness programs and fitness centers grows across the state. ”

To learn more about the National Fitness Campaign and how to qualify for funding, visit: www.nationalfitnesscampaign.com/newyork or www.nationalfitnesscampaign.com/vermont.

ABOUT MVP Health Care

MVP Health Care is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit health insurer that cares for members in New York and Vermont. Committed to the complete well-being of our members and the communities we serve, MVP makes health insurance more convenient, more supportive and more personal. For more information, visit www.mvphealthcare.com or on Facebook, twitterInstagram and LinkedIn.

ABOUT NFC

The National Fitness Campaign (NFC) is a wellness consulting firm – founded in San Francisco, California in 1979 – that provides funding, project management and master planning services to cities, schools and sponsors to build healthy communities. Fitness Court® is a trademark 7-minute workout system created by NFC founder Mitch Menaged that was designed to be the best outdoor gym in the world. NFC’s mission is to build healthy communities by building an outdoor Fitness Court® within a 10-minute bike ride of every American. Learn more about NFC at www.nationalfitnesscampaign.com.

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