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Healthier People.  Healthier Nation.

The goal of the Good Health Initiative Tax Rebate is to promote better health.  This would be an optional participation tax rebate that can be filed for when filing regular annual taxes by individuals.  People filing jointly can include rebate paperwork for each person.  People not filing regular annual taxes cannot participate in the rebate.  The Good Health Initiative Tax Rebate would simply be a single page document filled out by a healthcare or certified personal training professional, within 30 days of filing taxes.

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Summary

The goal of the Good Health Initiative Tax Rebate is to promote better health.  This would be an optional participation tax rebate that can be filed for when filing regular annual taxes by individuals.  People filing jointly can include rebate paperwork for each person.  People not filing regular annual taxes cannot participate in the rebate.  The Good Health Initiative Tax Rebate would simply be a single page document filled out by a healthcare or certified personal training professional, within 30 days of filing taxes, that lists the following:

  • Body type: average or athletic

  • Body weight

  • Body fat

  • Lean body mass

  • Total body water with breakdown of extracellular and intracellular water

  • Basal metabolic rate

  • Waist to hip ratio

  • Body mass index

  • Blood pressure

  • Body temperature

 

The people who would receive the rebate, a total of $365 ($1/day for the year), would be deemed by a healthcare or certified personal training professional to be in “good health”.  Those deemed overweight or obese, or underweight or anorexic, will simply not qualify for the rebate for the filing year.  Average body types (fits standard BMI) and athletic body types (higher muscle weight with lower body fat) should be taken into consideration.

Outside of the regular tax filing season, people should be encouraged to live a healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly and having a healthy diet.  This is an effort to reduce obesity in America.  Healthy people can get rewarded with a little rebate.  Unhealthy people, whether too thin or too fat, will simply not be qualified for the Good Health Initiative Tax Rebate.  No one will be penalized for not participating, as this would be an optional tax rebate.

 

Definitions

Body type: average or athletic - Body type is based on either fitting into the standard BMI as “average” or, for athletes who have more muscle mass, an adjusted BMI for higher muscle weight with lower body fat for “athletic”.  It’s important to determine this distinction because athletes tend to have higher BMIs because the BMI doesn’t take into consideration muscle mass.

Body weight - This is simply a weight measurement in pounds.  This is done by using a medical-grade scale.

 

Body fat - Body fat is usually measured as a percentage.  This needs to be done with a medical-grade bioelectrical impedance analysis scale, hydrodensitometry, air displacement plethysmography, or a DEXA scan.  Below is the average body fat in general age ranges for men and women according to the American College of Sports Medicine.  Tape measurements and fat calipers will not be used as acceptable means for calculating body fat due to less reliable results.

 

Lean body mass - Lean body mass is a calculation of what you would weigh if you removed all body fat.  This includes the weight of bones, muscles, bodily fluids, organs, and connective tissues.  This can help determine if a person is “average” or “athletic”.  It can also determine if a person has too low of lean body mass, which is unhealthy.

Total body water with breakdown of extracellular and intracellular water - This is just a calculation of how much body water you have total, along it broken down into extracellular (outside of cells) and intracellular (water inside of cells).  Dehydration and overhydration can have damaging results to the body.

 

Basal metabolic rate - This is a measurement of energy a person expends during a neutral resting period.  The BMR is used to determine what is considered overeating or a caloric deficiency for the individual.  If Person A has a BMR of 1353 calories, then eating a 1200 calorie diet and exercising regularly will have that person losing weight.  If Person A decides to eat 2000 calories each day and not bother with exercising, they will gain weight.

 

Waist to hip ratio - This is an accepted ratio by medical professionals to determine overall fat distribution.

Body mass index - Body mass index is a height to weight ratio. Two BMI charts need to be used: standard BMI as “average” or, for athletes who have more muscle mass, an adjusted BMI for higher muscle weight with lower body fat for “athletic”.  An athletic BMI would have to be created.  It would be easy to ask if the NPC or IFBB, along with the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL would submit appropriate numbers to the Center of Disease Control for the creation of a new Athletic BMI Chart.

Blood pressure - Blood pressure is a measurement of the pressure caused by blood flow as systolic and diastolic.  Low blood pressure or high blood pressure can be indicative of other health issues that should be looked into.

Body temperature - The typical body temperature is generally 97F to 99F with the average being 98.6F.  Body temperatures below this average can be indicative of health issues such as hypothyroidism.  Higher body temperatures typically indicate fever.

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Availability

These various body calculations may seem daunting to some, but there are all-in-one machines that can produce these readings such as the Rice Lake D1000 Body Composition Analyzer, Tanita TBF-400, Tanita DC-430U, Tanita DC-13C, Charder MA-601, Charder MA-801, Charder MBF6000, Charder MBF6010, Jawon X-Scan Plus 970, Jawon X-Scan Plus 950, Jawon X-Contact 357 S, Jawon X-Contact 356, Jawon X-Contact 350, InBody 270, InBody 570, InBody 770, and the Bod Pod.  These are common machines that can be found and utilized in the office of any healthcare or personal trainer’s office.  These machines can usually provide a printout or be connected to a computer in order to provide a print out of the results.  Blood pressure machines or standard bp cuffs are very common and affordable to obtain.  Thermometers come in a variety of styles and are also common and easily obtained.  Having these calculations made available can help get a person started or help them continue on their journey to a healthier lifestyle.  This can be done as easily as getting a physical check-up.


 

Health Issues

Obesity and those underweight are a growing concern throughout the nation.  According to the CDC, 18.5% of youths from ages 2-19 are obese and 42.5% of adults are obese.  According to a study in The Lancet, in 2014 underweight adults were found to be 8.8% in men and 9.7% in women on a global scale.  These are the two extremes of “poor health”.  These are the problems the Good Health Initiative Tax Rebate would be aiming to correct.

Obesity does drive up healthcare rates.  This has been documented over and over again.  Obesity is linked to several (possibly preventable) chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, sleep apnea, musculoskeletal issues, general mobility issues, poor immune systems, an increase in migraines, and gallbladder disease.

 

https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/index.html

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(16)30054-X/fulltext

https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/full/10.1377/hlthaff.W3.219

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6179664/

https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/about/costs/index.htm

 

Further sources can easily be found on obesity and underweight issues.

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Bulletpoints

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Completely optional tax rebate.  This means the people have the choice to participate.

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Healthier people tend to need less healthcare and less pharmaceuticals.  This results in lower health costs and lower life insurance.

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Good health (healthy diet and regular exercise) can lead to a boosted immune system, better mental health, and can reduce the risk of chronic disease.

4.

Seeking out better food means that local producers and farmer's markets will see a sales increase!

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Good health results in increased energy, reduced stress, more focus, and increased brain power!

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As we get older, being in good health will help us maintain mobility and reduce appearance of aging.

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Good health (healthy diet and regular exercise) can be acquired by EVERYONE!

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Only applicable to those who file taxes and even then, it's optional.  Easy as getting a physical.

 

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