The Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act has passed in the House of Representatives, with a vote of 277-142 and strong bi-partisan support. It will now move on to the Senate, where it is expected to be voted on in late 2018.
PHIT seeks to promote healthy behavior by allowing Americans to use pre-tax dollars to pay for physical activity expenses. This can include pay-to-play sports in schools, fees for organized sports, camps, clinics, classes, tournaments, and qualified necessary equipment.
By reducing barriers to participation in sports and fitness for the whole family, the hope is that more and more adults and children begin forming habits of wellbeing and enjoying active lifestyles they can sustain for years to come. This will help prevent healthcare costs related to preventable chronic diseases. PHIT is one step towards turning the tide and encouraging the country to invest in being well.
NIRSA has long supported the PHIT Act, including through the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA), of which NIRSA sits on the Board of Directors.
Continue to stay up-to-date on the PHIT Act by following #PassPHIT on Twitter.
- For more information, please contact NIRSA Director of Advocacy & Strategic Partnerships Erin O’Sullivan.