SFIA Congratulates National Health Through Fitness Day Supporter Elana Meyers on Winning Silver in Sochi
SILVER SPRING, MD – February 19, 2014 – The Sports & Fitness Industry Association applauds National Health Through Fitness Day supporter Elana Meyers on winning silver in women’s bobsled at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Meyers first attended SFIA’s National Health Through Fitness Day in 2010 after winning bronze in women’s bobsled at the Vancouver Olympics.
“Growing up being physically active, having PE, and playing multiple sports got me to the level that I’m at today,” said Meyers while attending SFIA National Health Through Fitness Day. “Physical activity is a form of health prevention and children are not getting enough exercise these days.”
In two weeks, SFIA will urge Congress to pass major legislation that would “Get America Moving”. The association’s annual lobby day will focus on the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act and the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP), both of which are imperative to improving the health of the country while reducing future medical spending.
“We congratulate Elana on achieving her dream of competing in the Olympics,” said Bill Sells, SFIA Vice President of Government & Public Affairs. “We also applaud her efforts out of the sled in recognizing the importance of physical activity in our daily lives. She has been strong supporter of what we’re trying to accomplish on Capitol Hill.”
The PHIT legislation would change the IRS definition of a “medical expense” to include physical activity as a form of prevention. Expanding the definition would make physical activity expenses reimbursable using pre-tax dollars in Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts and would allow consumers to deduct physical activity costs.
PEP Grants are multi-year grants for PE equipment purchases and teacher training tied to innovative physical education methods. This highly competitive grant program (less than 10 percent of applicants win awards) is managed by the Department of Education and is the only Federal funding dedicated to physical education.
A current list of athletes and their sponsoring company scheduled to attend SFIA’s National Health Through Fitness Day include football great Herschel Walker (Franklin Sports), current Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin (GoodSports), softball legend Jennie Finch (Mizuno USA), Olympic gold medalist Cullen Jones (Speedo USA), baseball All-Star Tommy John (Franklin Sports), UFC champion Benson Henderson (Everlast), three-time track and field All-American Brenda Martinez (New Balance), Olympic Silver Medalist Peter Hudnut (USA Water Polo), former NFL star John Booty (SFIA), and four time NFL Pro-Bowler Ken Harvey (Electronic Transactions Systems).