Americans Want a Pre-Tax Fitness Expense Payment Option

April 3, 2017, Department, by NRPA

Park Pulse 410

A Park Pulse poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) asked 1,020 Americans ages 18+ how strongly they support a proposal that allows them to use money from a health savings account (HSA) or flexible spending account (FSA) to pay for fitness club fees, sports equipment, youth sports league fees and fitness class registration costs at a gym or recreation center.

64% of Americans are in favor of a proposal such as the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act, with support crossing multiple generations:

  • 77% - Millennials
  • 68% - Gen X'ers
  • 54% - Baby Boomers

78% of individuals with children are in favor of a proposal like the PHIT Act.

NRPA urges Congress to pass the PHIT Act as it would provide more people, especially low-income families, with access to physical fitness opportunities in their own communities through local parks and recreation, organized sports leagues, etc.

(c)2017 National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research  among 1,020 nationally representative Americans, ages 18+, between February 2 and February 9, 2017, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas havve been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population 18 and older. The margin of error for this study is +/- 3.1 perccentage points at the 95% confidence level. *All decimals are rounded to the nearest percentage point. This may result in certain numerical totals adding up to slightly more or slightly less than 100 percent.