Federal Advocacy

Together we can create a healthier nation

Harnessing the power of U.S. health clubs to create a culture of wellness and encourage Americans of all ages and physical conditions to make regular physical activity part of their healthy lifestyle.

Get off the sidelines.

Together we can make the healthy choice the easy choice by influencing policies that encourage physical activity and health club use.

  • Legislation

    Promoting physical activity as a preferred solution to obesity, chronic disease, and rising healthcare costs. Working to remove financial barriers to health club membership.

  • Partnerships

    Increasing our industry’s voice and reach by partnering with trusted organizations, including The President’s Council, American Cancer Society, NCPPA, and more.

  • Shaping Opinion

    Promoting our industry’s contributions to good physical and mental health, stress relief, productivity, and prosperity through IHRSA research, interviews, and commentary.

  • Organizing for Action

    Engaging club operators, industry professionals, and even fitness consumers to support policies that encourage physical activity and a strong business environment.

PHIT: Get America Moving

The Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act will allow Americans to use pre-tax dollars—flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs)—to pay for health club memberships, fitness equipment, exercise videos, and youth sports leagues.

Learn About PHIT

WHIP: Promoting Workplace Wellness

The WHIP Act would make it easier for employers and employees to benefit from workplace wellness programs by allowing employers to offer their staff off-site fitness center benefits without those benefits being subject to tax.

Learn About WHIP