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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, Central Christian College of Kansas and National Fitness Campaign Make Fitness Free for Everyone in McPherson


State-of-the-Art Outdoor Fitness Court Studio Coming to McPherson, KS

By Central Christian College of Kansas


McPHERSON, Kan. — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS), Central Christian College of Kansas (CCCK), and National Fitness Campaign today announced a partnership to bring an outdoor Fitness Court Studio to Central Christian College of Kansas. The Fitness Court Studio, located at 1301 South Main Street, will open on 11/16/2023 at 9:30 AM with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The BCBSKS Fitness Court Studio at Central Christian College will be the first to launch in the state of Kansas. 

This Fitness Court Studio was developed by BCBSKS, Central Christian College, and National Fitness Campaign to expand free access to high quality workouts and create equitable access to exercise for communities and schools around the state. The Fitness Court Studio is twice the size of the Fitness Court, providing over 2,000 square feet of healthy infrastructure. With the Fitness Court Studio, classes such as yoga, pilates, zumba or stretching can take place while the Fitness Court is utilized for simultaneous group and individual workouts. 

Created with people aged 14 and over and with all abilities in mind, the workouts are adaptable for all fitness levels, allowing participants to move at their own pace. Users also may download the free Fitness Court App which acts as a coach-in-your-pocket and enhances the outdoor gym into a digitally supported wellness experience. 

“We need more innovative solutions to address the physical activity needs of all Kansans. Solutions that will level the playing field and allow everyone a safe place to enjoy the outdoors and improve their health,said Virginia Barnes, director of Blue Health Initiatives at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. “We believe that all people deserve this opportunity, and we are proud to partner with Central Christian College of Kansas and National Fitness Campaign to show our commitment to improving the health of all Kansans.” 

Chief Academic Officer for Central Christian College, Dr. Lara Vanderhoof, stated, “We are excited to partner in this meaningful way to bring this unique Fitness Court to our campus and make it available to our community at large. In addition to enhancing our students’ academic and athletic experiences as they seek to improve heart, soul, mind, and strength, this Fitness Court initiative addresses health equity by providing all members of the McPherson community easy, no-cost access to structured, certified fitness.” 

“National Fitness Campaign is proud to welcome Central Christian College to the campaign as an education leader in Kansas, opening the first Fitness Court Studio in the state, championing health and wellness for their campus community,” said Mitch Menaged, founder of National Fitness Campaign. “We are proud to continue our mission of getting people moving outdoors and helping communities and schools combat the fiscal and humanitarian costs of inactivity.” 

Residents are invited to attend the launch event on November 16, 2023, at 9:30 AM to try the Fitness Court Studio. For more information, contact Central Christian College of Kansas at (620) 241-0723. For more information on BCBSKS support of National Fitness Campaign, please visit

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas 

For more than 80 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has built a reputation of trust with its members and contracting providers by providing outstanding customer service while quickly and accurately processing claims; fairly administering benefit plans and contracts; offering programs, services and tools to help members improve or maintain their health; and operating under the highest ethical standards while being good stewards of premium dollars. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and is the state’s largest insurer, serving all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte. For more information, visit

About Central Christian College of Kansas 

Founded in 1884 as Orleans Seminary, Central Christian College of Kansas is a four-year, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Free Methodist Church of North America. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offering undergraduate studies in 44 areas including a graduate program both online and in-person, Central Christian College aspires to provide a transformative educational experience rooted in Christ, to any person desiring to become a faithful steward of heart, mind, soul, and strength. For more information about programs of study and admissions requirements contact Admissions at (620) 241-0723 or email [email protected]

About 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. Follow along with National Fitness Campaign at or on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.