by Adam Wolfe, Public Information Officer, City of Maricopa
The National Fitness Campaign has awarded the City of Maricopa with its inaugural Healthy Infrastructure Award in Innovation, recognizing our community leaders and trailblazers in one of its five categories: leadership, programming excellence, storytelling, design excellence and innovation.
The campaign recognized the City of Maricopa with the 2019 Healthy Infrastructure Award in Innovation for its exemplary work to integrate new and fresh ideas into the fitness platform and become the first Fitness Court® built citywide to connect wellness initiatives and residents in local communities. Located in Pacana Park, the Fitness Court® has been dedicated to Maricopa’s veterans, firefighters and police officers and is already a favored meeting place for the City’s fitness lovers.
“When Mayor Christian Price announced a citywide fitness challenge, their residents answered the call and supported in an unprecedented way,” said Mitch Menaged, founder of the National Fitness Campaign. “Integrating the Fitness Court® mobile app into their already active lifestyle, this group of all ages and fitness levels got moving and have fully leveraged their new outdoor gym. We applaud the City of Maricopa for the commitment to make healthy lifestyles a priority for their residents.”
“We want to bring everybody together, not just veterans and first responders, we want to make the park more useful for all. We want this community to have full support of fitness and nutrition resources to achieve their goals,” said Matthew Reiter, marketing and development coordinator for the City of Maricopa.
The City joins a distinct group of community and city leaders recognized by the National Fitness Campaign including: Oklahoma City for the Healthy Infrastructure Award in Leadership; City of Loveland, Colorado for the Healthy Infrastructure Award in Programming; City of Killeen, Texas for the Healthy Infrastructure Award in Storytelling; and the City of Avenal, California for the Healthy Infrastructure Award in Design Excellence.
The Fitness Court® is a state-of-the-art, digitally connected platform for adults of all ages and abilities to develop healthy habits and maintain long-term wellness. The courts include stations which facilitate circuit-training exercises including push-ups, pull-ups, lunges, rowing, and a progressive training wall. A smartphone app is available to guide users through the course.
For more information about the National Fitness Campaign and to find the nearest Fitness Court®, visit www.nationalfitnesscampaign.com.