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IHRSA works with FIT Minnesota on Incentives for Exercise

For the past three years, IHRSA has been working with FIT Minnesota - a coalition of Minnesota-based IHRSA members - to pass legislation that would incentivize physical activity in the state. The legislation, which would create an income tax deduction for employer-provided health club memberships, has gained further traction with each successive session and is currently progressing through both chambers of the Minnesota legislature. With the grassroots support from IHRSA members across the state, the bill has a rising profile and a chance to become law.

The success of FIT Minnesota exemplifies the positive impact that the industry can have on the policies that affect its bottom line. With a growing number of states looking for ways to promote healthy living, while slowly establishing more sound fiscal footings, there are opportunities to pass laws that incentivize health club memberships in a number of states.

To support efforts to like this to grow membership across the country, join the Industry Leadership Council. To learn more about existing opportunities to promote healthy living in your state, please contact Tim Sullivan, IHRSA’s Senior Legislative Analyst, at  

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