“Giving individuals and families the ability to pay for physical activity with pre-tax dollars could enable more Americans to get moving on a daily basis,” says Graham Melstrand, executive vice president of engagement for the American Council on Exercise. “This is why the American Council on Exercise, and over 100 sponsors in the U.S. House and the Senate, support the Personal Health Investment Today Act.”
Keeping PHIT Strong in Washington, D.C.
There’s been a lot of noise coming out of Washington, D.C., this past year. So, we’ll forgive you if the latest binge-worthy show has pulled your attention away from PHIT or Washington in general. But, cut through that noise, and you will find there has been a lot of hard work and progress—yes, PROGRESS—made on PHIT.
PHIT’s more than 100 co-sponsors is impressive, but it's always great to grow the support—think of it like how you're always trying new things to bring in new members.
Passing a Bill—Like PHIT—Is a Lot Like Owning a Health Club
As every successful business person knows, you have to stack one little victory atop another, each one building on the previous victory. Just like when someone joins your club, they won't see results overnight—they have to continue to show up and put in the time to reach their goal.
Your members create fitness plans, attend group exercise classes, and track their stats, all to build the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. Then, one day, your member who wasn't able to run five minutes on a treadmill before needing a break can do a full 45-minute session.
Their progress is inspiring, and what we want more people to have the opportunity to achieve. The big difference between living a healthy lifestyle and passing PHIT is that we only need to pass PHIT once. Living a healthy lifestyle is something we need to work on continually.
Passing PHIT Is the Sprint. Living Healthy Is the Marathon.
Like your members who come in two to three times a week, we've been busy stacking up the small PHIT victories.
One of which has been hosting a series of meetings with political leaders, namely House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richie Neal as well as Senate Majority Whip John Thune. Just like all fitness club owners do with members, we take all the necessary steps to understand and get to know the most important or influential people.
“It’s these types of high level, one-on-one interactions with key decision makers that take our effort to pass PHIT to the next level of sophistication and will eventually help us get the bill over the finish line,” says longtime PHIT advocate Tom Cove, SFIA.
We agree with Cove, and it doesn’t seem that the conversation around the PHIT Act will be dying down anytime soon, thanks to Sen. Thune, who brought it to the attention of United States Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, during a recent Finance meeting.
To us, Sen. Thune discussing PHIT during that meeting and bringing it up during a live Benchwarmers interview is like receiving an awesome testimonial from a club member, without asking.