We're not amused, Tennessee.

#NoFitnessTaxTN

#NoFitnessTaxTN

Taxed on Healthy Choices?

The Tennessee Department of Revenue recently implemented a change in the "Amusement Tax" policy to expand the umbrella and apply this tax to most fitness classes and personal training sessions (see notice here).  The state of Tennessee is already one of the most unhealthy states in the U.S. and is currently ranked number 45th in the country by America's Health rankings. Therefore, increasing the cost of fitness classes and personal training session by implementing this tax seems counter intuitive, if the health of Tennesseans is of any importance to the state.  Increasing the cost of true “healthcare” and making physical activity more unattainable for Tennesseans is not what we need. It would be more logical to take a page out of the United Kingdoms’ book and increase tax on unhealthy choices, like their “sugar tax.”

The Center for Disease Control states that as little as 60 minutes of physical activity per week can help reduce the risk of a multitude of serious heath problems. Serious problems like stokes, cardiovascular diseases, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and numerous more. Therefore, it would make more sense to incentivize fitness class and personal training participants, not tax them for taking responsibility of their health into their own hands. As much as we try to make fitness fun, it is by no means simply an amusing, entertainment experience, and should not be taxed as such.

To add insult to injury - this tax is only intended for small boutique fitness centers. Centers like TNB Fitness, yoga studios, barre studios, and more, are all targeted for additional taxation. Meanwhile large facilities that have 15,000 square feet, and are open 70 hours per week, are exempt from this tax.

So… What can YOU do about it?!

Please join us in combating this recent ruling that alters the "Amusement Tax" to include fitness classes and personal training sessions and sign our petition.  We like to think we are personable and entertaining coaches here at TNB Fitness - but we're not amusing enough to warrant being taxed on it!  

Let's do something to help ENCOURAGE Tennesseans to live a healthy lifestyle and take true "healthcare" into their own hands - not tax them on their healthy choices. 

Once you’ve signed…

1) Share this post to your social media accounts, help spread the word, and encourage more signatures! (Use hashtag #NoFitnessTaxTN)

2) Read on about how you can support the PHIT Act pending in congress right now and let your representatives know you support it! This is a small step towards adding preventative care to our healthcare system!

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The PHIT Act

The PHIT Act, Personal Health Investment Today Act, if passed, would allow taxpayers to place up to $2,000 a year into their pre-tax medical account AND use these pre-taxed dollars towards physical activity expenses. This act would give an incentive for individuals to exercise, ultimately decreasing or preventing healthcare costs in the future, related to preventable chronic diseases. this is a monumental step for us because it would actually put an element of prevention into our “healthcare” system, which could arguably be called our “sickcare” system in its current state.

If the PHIT Act is put into place it will help to lower the cost of fitness and exercise activities, promote a healthy lifestyle, and ultimately improve the health of Americans.

Activities that would be eligible for pre-tax reimbursement would be:

  • Youth & Adult Sports League Fees

  • Health Club Membership Dues

  • Exercise Classes & Personal Trainers

  • Sports & Fitness Equipment (used exclusively for participation in physical activities)

  • Youth Camps

  • Pay-to-Play School Sports Fees 

  • Organized Running Event Registration Fees

  • Martial Arts, Gymnastics & other Physical Activities

THIS is a step in a right direction and we encourage you to voice your support - here are some ways to do this:

  1. Email your Member of Congress

  2. Call your Representatives - express your support of the PHIT Act!

  3. Write a letter you your Representatives

  4. Engage in our Social Media campaign to increase awareness of the PHIT act (share this post and hashtag #PHITamerica #PassPHIT

  5. Network - encourage others to do the above with you!

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Let’s speak up against the policies that make living healthy lifestyles more difficult (new taxation in TN), and support legislation that will help encourage Americans to improve their physical activity levels and overall health (PHIT Act)!

Thank you!

TNB Fitness Member Spotlight: Janet Miller

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How long have you been a member of TNBFITNESS?

Exactly one year.

What attracted you to TNBFITNESS/What motivated you to join TNB?

I have known Tash Weddle for years, and have always admired her personally and professionally.  It was time for me to put some structure around getting fit and strong, so I immediately thought of TNB Fitness.

How do you feel now compared to when you started training at TNB?

I feel like I have a much better mastery of my personal health and fitness.  I feel 100 times stronger… It amazes me what the human body will do when you work with it.  For the first time in my life, working out 3-5 times a week has become an engrained habit.  

How has TNB helped you reach your goals?

I at first thought that this journey was about weight loss, and I’ve learned that it is not fundamentally about that.  It has made me view myself and my relationship to my body differently.  It has proven to me that I can achieve what I set my mind to.  My husband keeps telling me that it has altered my shape, in a great way.  Losing some weight has been a happy byproduct.  

What advice would you give to a person looking to join TNB?

I would call on the famous Nike slogan – best slogan ever written – of “Just Do It.” This is a safe place.  Tash, Gabe, Marielle, and Mckenna are always looking out for your best interest and your safety.  TNB is for every woman, every shape and size.  They meet you where you are.  And serendipity came into play and I happen to have a bunch of girlfriends who are training there, so we genuinely have fun.  

Complete this sentence - TNB is…

…life-changing.


Giving Tuesday is on November 27th, 2018!

Giving Tuesday is on November 27th, 2018!

What is Giving Tuesday?

Giving Tuesday follows “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” two days devoted to consumerism, sales, and buying for the holidays. Giving Tuesday is a day to give back to others, the community, and shift focus from consumerism onto paying it forward for others!

The New Beginnings Center, local non-profit that offers nutrition and fitness coaching to low-income women in Nashville, will be participating in Giving Tuesday. If you see fit, please donate to New Beginnings on Tuesday, November 27th, and help continue the mission of empower women to change the course of their lives!

Thank you for your contribution!


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Is it true that being unfit is worse than smoking? The answer is… YES.

Bottom line: "Survival of the fittest", that's a phrase that you would usually expect to read in a biology textbook, not in a study about human health and longevity... but wait: humans are animals and in the animal kingdom it's the fittest who survive - against that background, let me ask you: Is it really surprising that being 'super fit' vs. 'unfit' increases your all-cause mortality risk by a factor 5x, and hence 3.6-fold more than smoking in the same cohort of N = 122,007 patients of the Cleveland Clinic who were screened for their cardiorespiratory fitness?

Read the full article here: “Survival of the Fittest”


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Spirit of Wellness Luncheon

On October 4th, 2018, The New Beginnings Center had their 7th annual Spirit of Wellness Luncheon! We want to say a huge thank you to all of the TNB Fitness members who came and supported the New Beginnings Center at this event!

If you were not able to make this event but would still like to show your support please click the button below to contribute to the cause!

All new donor $1,000 donations made to The New Beginnings Center will be MATCHED! Doubling your impact and support of women in Nashville!

 

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Sips, Sweets, and Jewelry, all in support of The New Beginnings Center!

Join us at Kendra Scott in Green Hills on Monday, November 26th, from 5:30-7:30pm for a shopping event! For this time only, 20% of the proceeds will benefit The New Beginnings Center. Knock out holiday shopping and give back to the community, all at once!

Friends welcome - the more the merrier!