In 2018, the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act passed the House of Representatives for the first time, but Congress adjourned before the Senate could vote. Since then, IHRSA and industry leaders have worked tirelessly, alongside numerous members of Congress, to build support for PHIT.
On March 14, 2023, Representative Mike Kelly [R-PA] and Senator John Thune [R-SD] reintroduced PHIT in the House (H.R. 1582) and Senate (S. 786).
PHIT will allow flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs) to pay for health club memberships, fitness equipment, exercise videos, and youth sports leagues. If passed, PHIT would enable individuals to use up to $1,000 per year—up to $2,000 for families—to cover physical activity-related expenses.
Physical activity is essential for physical and mental health. Of the millions of active consumers in the U.S., 2 in 5 say they exercise to support their mental health and well-being. According to the CDC, a lack of sufficient physical activity can lead to heart disease and increase the likelihood of developing other chronic medical issues—including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes, even for people who have no other risk factors.
The PHIT Act will play an important role in getting more Americans up and active by lowering the cost of physical activity through tax incentives. PHIT continues to gain bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. Visit the House PHIT page and the Senate PHIT page for the latest information on Congress members who support increasing physical activity.