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Supporter of Healthy Choices Act

Dear Editor,

The Healthy Choices Act will ensure access to healthy food choices and information. It will give grants for trails and parks and walkable, smart-growth development in cities.

The Healthy Choices Act includes tax incentives that allow people to use $1,000 from health savings accounts tax free towards gym memberships and physical fitness programs. It allows small businesses to deduct the cost of providing gym memberships to their employees.

None of this is mandatory. The Healthy Choices Act is not controversial, except in a highly charged political climate. Many of these efforts are supported by Republicans and Democrats in Congress, including our own moderate Congressman Ron Kind.