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Wednesday
Mar232011

FIT Kids Act Introduced  

Last week, two IHRSA champions, Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa and Representative Ron Kind of Wisconsin, secured the introduction in both the Senate and House of the FIT Kids Act, a bill to increase awareness and create opportunities for physical activity in our nation’s schools. It was introduced in both houses with bipartisan support.

“IHRSA supports the FIT Kids Act, and is pleased that it has been introduced,” says Helen Durkin, Executive Vice President of Global Public Policy at IHRSA. “If passed, it will help children develop healthy lifestyle habits that will stay with them for their lifetime, allowing them to become healthy, active adults.”

Earlier this year, Senator Harkin reintroduced the Healthier Lifestyles and Prevention Act (HeLP), which included the Workforce Health Improvement Act (WHIP) as a provision of the bill. The WHIP provision of the bill would allow employers to deduct the cost of off-site health club memberships for their employees and exempts this benefit as taxable income for employees.
 
For more information on federal developments, visit ihrsa.org/federal-activity.