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SILVER SPRING, MD -- July 18, 2016 – The Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act has now received a record amount of support in Washington, D.C. as the 100th Member of Congress has become a co-sponsor of this legislation.  The 100th co-sponsor is Congressman Scott Dejarlais (R-TN).  Dejarlais is a medical doctor from Tennessee’s 4th congressional district.

The PHIT Act (H.R. 1218/S.2218) will help the U.S. address the ‘Inactivity Pandemic,’ which is a national problem that transcends politics. At a time when partisan politics are at an all-time high, the PHIT Act is truly bi-partisan as the 100 congressional supporters are almost evenly split between Democrats (55) and Republicans (45), as new co-sponsors have come on board every month since the bill’s initial introduction date, except when Congress has been out of session. The bi-partisan support for this health-related tax bill makes the PHIT Act extremely unique and could be the key to its success. The 100 supporters are made up of 87 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 13 U.S. Senators.US Capitol

“This remarkable level of growth is an indicator of the progress that SFIA, PHIT America and our coalition partners have done working with Congress to promote active, healthy lifestyles,” says Bill Sills, SFIA’s Vice President Government Relations and Public Affairs.

“Simply put, the PHIT Act provides a financial incentive for a physically active lifestyle,” says PHIT America Founder Jim Baugh.  “Americans need and deserve the PHIT Act.”

The Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) is leading a coalition that includes medical, sports, fitness and youth organizations in promoting the PHIT Act to lower the financial barrier to physically active lifestyles. The combined efforts and commitment to increasing physical fitness in America has led to today’s achievement, doubling Congressional support for the bill which had only 50 co-sponsors in the last Congress.

According to the CDC, physical activity is the wonder drug and it requires an investment of time and money to help prevent chronic medical conditions. The PHIT Act will have a direct impact on improving health in the U.S. by making physical activity expenses reimbursable through pre-tax dollars in Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). Americans would also be able to deduct physical activity costs once they meet the 7.5 percent threshold for medical expenses.

Expenses eligible for reimbursement under the PHIT Act include gym/health club memberships; fitness & exercise classes; sport/activity camps and clinics; youth & adult sports’ registration fees; sports and fitness equipment solely used to participate in a physical activity; instructional lessons and clinics; running & fitness event registration fees; yoga; and other physical activity expenses. Passage of the PHIT Act will make physical activity more affordable for all Americans, especially families. Learn more about the PHIT Act HERE.

To voice your support of the PHIT Act to your local Congressman/woman and your state’s two U.S. Senators, please visit PassthePHITAct.org and follow #PassthePHITAct.