ATLANTIC CITY As part of Atlantic City's continuing efforts to diversify its economy with nongaming attractions, Tropicana Casino & Resort plans to open a fitness center in May in partnership with AtlantiCare.

The casino announced the partnership Monday.

Modeled after the health-care provider's first LifeCenter, which opened in Egg Harbor Township in 2005, the 12,455-square-foot AtlantiCare LifeCenter Fitness at Tropicana will serve hotel guests and the public, and occupy two stories. It will be staffed by AtlantiCare professionals.

"There is a noticeable lack of quality public gyms in Atlantic City," said Tony Rodio, president and chief executive officer of Tropicana Entertainment Inc. "We are excited to partner with southeastern New Jersey's leading health-care provider to create what will be a state-of-the-art fitness facility for our guests, employees, and area residents."

The center, part of $35 million in renovations at Tropicana, will house the latest in cardio and weight training equipment, and offer health and wellness classes, as well as group fitness programs, including Zumba, yoga, and tai chi.

"We've played a role in keeping Southern New Jersey healthy for 116 years," David Tilton, president and chief executive officer of AtlantiCare, said in a statement. "We're excited about offering a new fitness venue to hotel guests, as well as residents of and other visitors to our area."

- Suzette Parmley