16. The PHIT Act Introduced in the House and Senate
The GYMS Act isn’t the only legislation we’re working to pass. IHRSA and the PHIT Coalition are lobbying Congress to create financial incentives making it easier for Americans to get back in gyms and kids in sports through the use of tax-deferred accounts—like HSAs and FSAs.
The PHIT (Personal Health Investment Today) Act—H.R. 3109/S. 844—already has over 30 House sponsors and support from 12 Senators. Contact your legislators to gain support for the PHIT Act.
17. Production of a Free Educational Video to Help Health Club Operators
Chris Stevenson and Marisa Hoff of The Empower Group volunteered their time and resources to create a free educational video on good customer service practices after COVID. Chris and Marisa have a combined 30 years of experience and are full of fantastic industry knowledge. Stay tuned for more on where you can access this video.
18. Industry Partners and Health and Medical Professionals Aim to Help the Fitness Industry Everywhere
We are lucky to have the 21 dedicated individuals committed to the health and fitness industry that came together to help move the industry forward as part of IHRSA’s Industry Partner Advisory Council and first-ever Medical, Science, and Health Advisory Council.
The nine passionate people on the Industry Partner Advisory Council will advise IHRSA’s executive staff and Board of Directors in support of our mission “to grow, protect, and promote the health and fitness industry, and help ensure the success of its members.”
The 12 diverse members of IHRSA’s Medical, Science, and Health Advisory Council are from various medical, science, and public health communities. These individuals will guide IHRSA’s executive staff and board of directors on current research and science that advances the health and fitness industry and protects public safety while improving individual and population health.
Whether you volunteered your time, participated in research, sent Congress a letter, made a donation, or renewed your membership—every single action has made a difference and helped get all these amazing accomplishments off the ground.
We know it’s easy to feel like our actions won’t move the needle, but we’re counting on you to stay engaged and informed. That’s how we keep the fitness industry going strong.
So, from all of us here at IHRSA, thank you. Thank you for all you’ve already accomplished in 2021, everything yet to come, and all we will achieve together.