Physical fitness participation, as a youth, is key to the development of emotional and cognitive abilities, in a growing child.
Kids enrolled in schools with PE are TWO to THREE times more likely to participate in organized sports.
It the past decade alone, America’s youth sports participation has seen a dramatic decline. High School Football, while still the #1 sport for HS participation, in America, has seen its popularity and participation trend downward.
High School Football participation has seen a decline of nearly 10% in just the last 9 seasons
“We may see the first generation of kids who will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents”
RICHARD H. CARMONA, Former Surgeon General
HELP could be on the way. The purposed PHIT Act could help. It would allow American families to spend up to $2000 a year from Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) to pay for some sporting equipment, sports league fees, health club memberships and more. Read more here.
Partially due to the 2018/2019 ‘Government Shutdown’ the The PHIT Act did come up for vote this year in the U.S. Senate. Had it – The PHIT Act would have likely passed, with its bipartisan support.