Outdoor fitness court coming to Gilberts' Town Center Park

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, the Village of Gilberts, and National Fitness Campaign recently announced an agreement to bring an outdoor Fitness Court to Gilberts. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Oct. 19 at Town Center Park.

This Fitness Court was developed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, the Village of Gilberts and National Fitness Campaign to expand free access to high quality workouts and create equitable access to exercise for communities around the state. The Fitness Court is the world's best outdoor gym that lets people use their own body weight to get a complete workout using seven exercise stations.

Created with people, age 14 or older, 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.

"Regular exercise is essential to maintaining personal health and reducing health care costs," said Katie Cangemi, senior program officer of community investment, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. "Blue Cross is committed to promoting better health in our communities, and this Fitness Court® makes it easy for anyone at any fitness level to get a good outdoor workout, connect with neighbors, and stay healthy."

"The village is excited to add this unique amenity to Town Center Park and our neighborhoods. Through the Fitness Court, we are excited to be able to provide fitness opportunities to all ages and ability levels in our community," said Guy Zambetti, village president.

"National Fitness Campaign is proud to welcome the village of Gilberts to the campaign as a leader in Illinois, championing health and wellness for their residents," said Mitch Menaged, founder of National Fitness Campaign. "We are proud to continue our mission of getting people moving outdoors and helping communities combat the fiscal and humanitarian costs of inactivity."

For more information, contact the Village of Gilberts at (847) 428-2861.

For more information on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois' support of NFC, please visit

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is committed to expanding access to quality, cost-effective health care to as many people as possible in Illinois. BCBSIL is dedicated to innovation and exploring, nurturing and activating future possibilities to make the healthcare system work better for our members and our communities. BCBSIL is a division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company and an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

About NFC

Founded in San Francisco in 1979, National Fitness Campaign (NFC) is a wellness consulting firm that provides programs and services to cities, schools and sponsors with the mission to build healthy communities. NFC delivers an integrated wellness initiative, centered on the world's best outdoor gym: The Fitness Court®. The 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 us on social media @NatFitCampaign and #Fitnesscourt.

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