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This Week In Health Promotion: PHIT Debuts The Senate

PHIT Introduced In The Senate 

The introduction of the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act in the Senate, marks a noteworthy milestone on the journey to passage. PHIT – the bill that 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) – was introduced in the Senate for the first time. 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.).

Read more about PHIT and IHRSA's efforts in the Industry Watch Blog.

Read Joe Moore's comments on the PHIT introduction and the importance of physical activity for the well-being of every American in the Huffington Post.

Join Us In Telling Congress To Save Crucial Physical Education Funding 

As obesity and physical inactivity rates ticked steadily upward in the United States, physical education in schools consistently declined. And now P.E. is in further peril-the House of Representatives and Senate introduced two different education bills. The Senate's bill includes funding and support for P.E. while the House bill does not. Both are now in conference, and the American Heart Association and National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) are collecting signatures to urge Congress to recognize physical education as a core subject and expand physical education grants (like Carol M. White PEP funding) as part of the Early and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

You can read more about the petition on our blog and see Joe Moore's comments on the importance of physical education in the Morning Consult Blog.

The IHRSA advocacy team has signed the petition, and we want you to join us in signing and sharing the petition. 



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