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U.S. Health Club Members Proclaim - 'I Lost It at the Club!' and Lose 45 Tons of Excess Weight
Date:4/23/2008

re struggling against obesity, inactivity, and subsequent chronic disease. Many need help in the battle. In fact, according to a survey commissioned by IHRSA, although the vast majority of Americans (99 percent) believe that exercise helps preserve good health, most feel they have to battle current culture to exercise regularly. Four out of five Americans agree that "The current culture in America, including the pressures of work, family and financial demands, makes it hard for people to exercise regularly and maintain healthy lifestyles."

Other IHRSA-Organized Consumer Health Initiatives

As part of the annual Get Active America! program started five years ago, a wide variety of health clubs nationwide offer health-focused programs each May and open their doors for free for several days. The goal is to make it easier for Americans to exercise and to help them build regular exercise into their daily routines. Get Active America! 2008 is sponsored by Michael Foods' AllWhites(R) and Advil(R).

IHRSA supports health promotion legislation to help encourage more active lifestyles, such as the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Bill (H.R. 245), which takes a giant step toward a healthier America. This legislation would allow people to pay for exercise and physical fitness programs, certain exercise equipment, and children's sports league fees with pre-tax dollars through their Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Medical Savings Account (MSA), or Health Savings Account (HSA). That means Americans could save on their fitness-related costs because they wouldn't be paid for with taxable income.

IHRSA also supports the Workforce Health Improvement Program (WHIP) Act (H.R.1748, S.1038). The WHIP Act seeks to combat chronic disease and obesity caused by inactivity by balancing current law and allowing for off-site fitness center memberships as a tax-free benefit for employees. Current law allows employees to use on-site fitness facilities free
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