Life Fitness wants to foster healthy lifestyles for Americans. We’re assuming responsibility, addressing our customers and taking action. Congress will soon be considering two measures related to this cause: The Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act and the Physical Education Program (PEP). Both are committed to reversing the effects of inactivity on Americans.
Life Fitness supports these two acts whole-heartedly. And here’s why:
80 million Americans lead “totally sedentary” lifestyles — meaning they have not been active once in the last year. The number of totally sedentary people is growing along with the negative effects of inactivity. Inactive adults pay $1,500 more each year for healthcare than active adults, and they take a week more off work because of sickness than active adults. Americans spend $1 of every $5 on medical expenses. That’s $4 trillion total. The PHIT initiative calls for physical activity expenses to be reimbursed using money in pretax medical accounts — meaning you and your children should be able to use that money for activities that promote wellness, such as health club memberships, fitness classes and sports activity fees.
Changing these behaviors starts with children. The average school budget for physical education classes is a nominal $764 per year. And, 48 percent of U.S. high schools don't offer physcial education at all. PEP, a 13-year-old program for rebuilding and sustaining physical education in schools, is given grants from the Department of Education to offer to local schools and community-based programs. PEP’s leadership in spurring physical activity is being curtailed by national and congressional budget concerns.
That’s why we’re asking you to join Life Fitness in supporting these two pieces of legislation that are vital to the growth of fitness, the health of the American public and the well-being of our children. Sign up here to ask members of congress to fight against the inactivity epidemic: http://www.phitamerica.org/advocate