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This Week In Health Promotion: PHIT Introduced In The Senate, WHO On Red Meat

PHIT Introduced In The Senate

The Personal Health Investment Today - PHIT -  Act would allow individuals or families to pay for gym memberships, fitness equipment, exercise videos and youth sports league fees with dollars from pre-tax accounts, like flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs). This is the first time the bill was introduced in the Senate. The bill (S.2218) was introduced by U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.)

This introduction is a culmination of years of work, an IHRSA led initiative - from the development of the original idea and drafting of legislative language, to our work with SFIA in the creation of the PHIT coalition, now supported by many other organizations. 

Read more about PHIT and IHRSA's work moving it forward on the Industry Watch Blog.

WHO Determines Processed Meat Is A Likely Carcinogen

Twitter was abuzz this week with the news that the World Health Organization (WHO) has labeled processed meats like bacon and sausage a level 1 carcinogen, placing it in the same category as tobacco and alcohol. You may even  have heard questions about this at your club.

According to their research, high intake of processed meat was responsible for 34,000 deaths worldwide last year, and it is estimated that eating 50 grams (two slices of bacon) every day would increase lifeime risk of colon cancer by 18%. To put those numbers into some perspective, tobacoo was resonsible for 1 million deaths worldwide, alcohol 600,000 deaths worldwide, and air pollution 200,000 deaths worldwide. The WHO recommended limiting intake of red and processed meats.

Read more about the report from WHO.

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