Fitness bill offers gym membership discount if you go 8 times a month

Would you be willing to pay for your gym membership if you got a discount for lacing up and getting off the couch at least 8 times a month?

Sen. Sandy Pappas (DFL-St. Paul) wants to make that happen. Her workplace fitness bill would allow Minnesota's small-and medium-sized businesses to create workplace wellness programs. Employers would provide $40 per month toward an employee's fitness center membership if he or she goes at least 8 times each month.

The bill is slated to be heard before the Health, Human Services & Housing Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

"This legislation addresses the rising costs of healthcare, as well as declining health - which are absolutely correlated," said Sen. Pappas. "If we take preventative measures and encourage businesses to provide and promote worksite wellness options for employees, we'll see a healthier workforce and, ultimately, lower health care costs. A healthier Minnesota is essential for our state's well-being."

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