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Want A $2000 Tax-Free Incentive To Get Active?

Want A $2000 Tax-Free Incentive To Get Active?

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SILVER SPRING, MD – February 17, 2015 – If you are searching for some financial ‘relief’ from the soaring costs of keeping your child busy playing sports, ask Congress to pass the PHIT (Personal Health Investment Today) Act – today!NY Times Logo

A recent story in the New York Times indicated the large amount of money that parents are currently paying to keep their children busy playing sports, often on ‘travel/all-star’ teams, in pursuit of college athletic scholarships.

In layman’s terms, the PHIT Act is pending Congressional legislation that would allow consumers to use their pre-tax medical accounts to get reimbursed for physical activity expenses that complement a healthy lifestyle, such as health club dues, sports league registration fees, entry fees for road races, pay-to-play school sports fees, personal trainer costs, and many sport-specific equipment purchases.

"The best way to address our health care crisis is to improve health through physical activity and sports,” says Dr. Steven Blair, professor of the departments of exercise science and epidemiology/biostatistics at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.  “There are many life-long physical activities that will make a difference in the health of Americans and the PHIT Act will encourage increased participation in sports.”

The cost to get children active or stay active has grown through the years. In the New York Times article, Travis Dorsch, who is now an assistant professor at Utah State University, said that spending on sports has grown so high — up to 10.5 percent of gross income in his research — that it is hurting family harmony. “A family bringing in $50,000 a year could be spending $5,500,” he said.

Getting the PHIT Act passed is a major priority for PHIT America, a year-round, educational, advocacy and grassroots cause and campaign. PHIT America is combating the obesity and sedentary activity crisis -- which is having an adverse effect on health care costs in the U.S. -- by promoting new legislation and grassroots programs that will help get Americans more active, playing more sports, getting fit and becoming healthier.

Americans - Help Pass the PHIT Act – Easy As 1-2-3

Just go to PHITAmerica.org and click on Advocate or click here. There is an easy 1-2-3-step process to send an email to your Members of Congress.  “We have made it easy for anyone to have their voice heard. The PHIT Act is a very important piece of legislation for this country. We can help prevent and reduce health care costs while giving families and Americans an incentive to be more active, fit and healthy,” says Jim Baugh, Founder of PHIT America.

To help get the PHIT Act passed, leaders in the sports and fitness industry will gather in Washington, D.C. for the SFIA National Health Through Fitness Day on March 3-4 where meetings will take place with members of Congress in an effort to build enough Congressional support for the PHIT Act to get it passed either this year or next year. Americans who advocate on PHITAmerica.org will help support National Health through Fitness Day meetings and activities.

Founded in January 2013, PHIT America (www.phitamerica.org) is a non-profit campaign focused on overcoming the severe ramifications of the ‘Inactivity Pandemic’ through three strategic approaches – education, supporting school-based activity programs, and advocating – which will get Americans, especially our youth, more active, fit and healthy. 

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