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PHIT is named for the Personal Health Investment Today Act.

“Eighty million Americans are inactive. That number needs to drop,” PHIT spokesman Mike May said. “That’s too many people who are doing absolutely nothing.”

May referred to a study by Dr. Steven Blair, an exercise science professor at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health, which identified physical inactivity as a leading cause of death in the United States.

“He actually made a statement five years ago that inactivity is the biggest threat to public health in the 21st century,” May said. “In the last five years no one has refuted that.”

The World Health Organization has blamed inactivity for a range of diseases that include diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, depression and more.

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