January 18, 2018

Kaiser Permanente unveils 'fitness zone' in Seattle

Organization helping to foster healthy and active communities around Washington state

SEATTLE — It’s a fitness center with no monthly dues, open 24/7 and welcome to all. The recently unveiled fitness zone at Georgetown Playfield in Seattle is a collection of free cardio and strength equipment for teens and adults. It’s a permanent installation and now one of the playfield’s many offerings.

The fitness equipment was donated by Kaiser Permanente Washington to help the community stay active and healthy. This donation is one part of a multi-year collaboration with the Trust for Public Land, local municipalities and parks, including Seattle Parks and Recreation. Working with these partners and local community members, Kaiser Permanente will support the creation of new play and fitness areas in 10 parks and open spaces around the state, providing opportunities for the community to come together in a healthy way.

“Total health happens where we live, work, learn and play. That’s why we’re investing in healthy and sustainable communities and bringing exercise equipment to people who might not have easy access to fitness options,” said Kim Wicklund, director, Community Health and Benefit, Kaiser Permanente Washington.

There’s a gym’s worth of training machines in the Georgetown playfield. Fitness equipment installed includes: an elliptical trainer, chest/back press, squat press, pull-up/dip machine, assisted row/push-up, ab crunch/leg lift and rotary torso to strengthen abdominals.

“We hope that people in the community will enjoy this equipment for years to come,” Wicklund said.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 11.7 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.