Priority Health, Oronoko Township and National Fitness Campaign Make Fitness Free for Everyone in Be
State-of-the-Art Outdoor Fitness Court® Coming to Berrien Springs
BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich., — Priority Health, Oronoko Township and National Fitness Campaign (NFC) announced today a partnership to bring an outdoor Fitness Court® to Berrien Springs. The Fitness Court, located across the street from Sylvester Elementary School, will open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony September 15 at 1 p.m.
In attendance will be Dave Eichberg, superintendent of Berrien Springs Public Schools; Andrea Luxton, president of Andrews University; Arthur Havlicek, president and CEO of Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber; Jeremy Bakken, director of communications and community at Priority Health; and elected officials.
“We are pleased to encourage health and well-being in Oronoko Township by partnering with the National Fitness Campaign to open a Priority Health Fitness Court in Berrien Springs,” said Jeremy Bakken, director of communications and community at Priority Health. “Our hope is that the free outdoor Fitness Court in Berrien Springs will not only support free access to fitness but will also serve as a community gathering place.”
This Fitness Court was developed by Priority Health, Oronoko Township and NFC 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.
"We are proud to be the first Outdoor Fitness Court in Southwest Michigan and are thankful to partner with Priority Health, Berrien Springs Public Schools, the Village of Berrien Springs and our local community to offer this amenity to our residents and visitors,” said Mike Hildebrand, supervisor of Oronoko Charter Township. “We're hopeful that people utilize it and enjoy outside exercise to improve and maintain their health."
Created with people ages 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.
“National Fitness Campaign is proud to welcome the Oronoko Township to the campaign as a leader in health and wellness for Michigan and across America,” said Mitch Menaged, founder of National Fitness Campaign.
Residents are invited to attend the ribbon cutting on Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. to try the Fitness Court. For more information, contact Oronoko Township at (269) 471-2824. For more information on Priority Health’s support of NFC, please visit https://
With over 30 years in business, Priority Health is the second largest health plan in Michigan, offering an extensive portfolio of health benefits options for employer groups and individuals, including Medicare and Medicaid plans. Serving more than one million members each year and offering a broad network of primary care physicians in Michigan, Priority Health continues to be recognized as a leader for quality, customer service, transparency and product innovation. Learn more about affordable, quality health coverage options from Priority Health.
About Oronoko Charter Township
Oronoko Charter Township is the area encompassing the Village of Berrien Springs and the surrounding area, located 13 miles north of the Indiana state line and 6 miles east of Lake Michigan. It is home to approximately 9,000 residents, Andrews University (a Seventh-day Adventist college), the Berrien County Youth Fair, world-class salmon fishing, seven wineries, and plentiful fruit farms.
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.
About Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber
The Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber is a member-driven, business advocacy organization proudly serving over 700 members throughout Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties. Their work centers around strengthening our region’s economic environment and creating prosperous communities where business thrives, talent resides, and quality of life is second to none. You can find them online at www.smrchamber.com.