The Cooper Institute

Founded in 1970 by the "Father of Aerobics"
Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH


Getting Physically Fit with Legislation

Written by
Joel Romo
Posted in

Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021

The PHIT Act will provide an incentive for adults and their children to get physically active which will help prevent healthcare costs related to preventable chronic diseases.


S. 844 by Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota) and HR 3109 by Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wisconsin) have filed S. 844/HR 3109 the “PHIT Act” and will allow flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs) to pay for health club memberships, fitness equipment, exercise videos, and youth sports leagues.


If passed, PHIT would enable individuals to use up to $1,000 per year—up to $2,000 for families—to cover physical activity-related expenses.


The Cooper Institute has been working with our partners at the Sports Fitness Association & International Health, Racquet, Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) to advocate for this legislation and welcome your involvement.  The PHIT Act will play an important role in getting Americans up and active by lowering the cost of physical activity through tax incentives. As this legislation continues to gain bipartisan support in both the House and Senate we encourage you to join us and lend your voice to this issue! 


If you are interested in learning more about the PHIT Act and would like to get involved contact our VP of Governmental Relations, Joel Romo at