Breaking Down the PHIT (Personal Health Investment Today) Act

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On Friday, September 15th, I had the opportunity to chat with Jeff Perkins, Assistant Vice President of Government Relations for IHRSA (International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association) regarding the PHIT (Personal Health Investment Today) Act.

The PHIT Act promotes physical activity and creates incentives for healthy living from children all the way up through seniors. PHIT will allow Americans to use flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs) to pay for health club memberships, fitness equipment and youth sports leagues. If passed, individuals could use up to $1,000 and families could use up to $2,000 per year of their HSA or FSA for physical activity expenses making recreation sports and health club memberships more affordable. More affordable exercise equals more physically active, happier, and healthier Americans. The goal of PHIT is to get Americans off the couch and to encourage them to get active.

The Case for PHIT:

  • 80 million Americans (28%) aged 6+ are physically inactive
  • Only 1 in 3 children are physically active each day
  • Less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day

The Cost of Physical Inactivity:

  • 86% of national healthcare spending goes to treat chronic diseases, many of which are preventable with exercise and healthy habits.
  • Chronic diseases are projected to cost America $2 trillion in medical expenses and another $794 billion in lost employee productivity every year through 2030.

Take a minute to view this 30-minute webcast from Perkins and let your voice be heard! Learn more at http://hub.ihrsa.org/phit-act.

From our Customers: Partnership

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We spoke with Daxko customers and asked them how they view their partnership with Daxko. Here are their stories:

“I’ve seen daxko grow both in the number products and tools that they bring to the YMCA but also as a business and an organization and the knowledge they bring to us has changed over the years and I have definitely appreciated the partnership. In my role in San Francisco, we work closely with the Daxko team to look at new products and to help to develop the solutions that work best for our organization.”

Rachel Pacheco, Association Senior Director of Business Services
YMCA of San Francisco

“I can tell that they have taken the time to get to know us as an organization, to know our culture and to know our brand and they bring that into what they do. I don’t feel like we have to conform to Daxko’s systems or operations but they have brought us a product that helps us serve our communities the way that we are serving them, without having to change how we work.”

Leeann Buttram, VP of Member Services
YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South

“If you are looking for a company that will support you not only in your software needs but also in the questions you have about trends and membership and ways to take care of those members. They’re partners, it’s like having an extended family at the other end of your computer…so to speak.”

Joe Paslay, President & CEO
Cleveland County Family YMCA

“They are invested in the Y. They know us they want to be a part of us. They sponsor things, they will lead workshops for us. It goes beyond that where they are constantly seeking feedback, through the community aspect where you can share good, bad, pros, cons. And, it’s not just this empty place we go put our thoughts, it’s read, it’s responded to, it’s added to the roadmap. You can kind of see that they are not just asking, but they are hearing and then they are taking the steps to do the things that we need to make our work in life easier and better.”

Angela Wallace, VP of Marketing & Communications
YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South

“It has been great for us to shift our focus on engagement. Oftentimes we think about our wellness staff focused on things such as cleaning equipment, or simply helping someone fixing their form or keeping the wellness center clean and we’ve really shifted our focus and said we want to be more intentional about engaging with our members and having conversations with our members.”

Jarrod Covington, VP, District Executive Director
YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South

“I have learned to appreciate Daxko and appreciate the tools it brings to the table. The staff team has everything at their fingertips for them to be able to be successful.”

Joe Paslay, President & CEO
Cleveland County Family YMCA

Our Customers Say It Best: Daxko Customer Success Team

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We had a chance to talk to some Daxko customers about their experiences with our Customer Success Team.

“Probably one of my favorite parts of Daxko is just the customer service. The kindness and sincere caring about what we’re going through and what we’re dealing with on our end.”  -Kendra Augustine, Cleveland County Family YMCA

“When we have a question or an inquiry or a problem we put that into support and the feedback is quick. We know we aren’t Daxko’s only customer, we’re not Daxko’s only Y but…they are a very responsive company. That is appreciated because I know that’s what our members want from us.”  -Angela Wallace, YMCA of Memphis & The Mid-South

“I feel them smiling when they are emailing. I feel them smiling when they’re on the phone, and it really is always just such an upbeat response, yet it’s still professional. You can be professional and still be personal and Daxko’s just found a great way to blend those two.”  -Molly Frederick, YMCA of Greater Birmingham

“It was great to have the support of the Daxko team…In previous conversions and implementations we didn’t have as much support so it was great through the 17 week period to have the Daxko staff help us work through and think through processes that we would need. In particular, Standard Operating Procedures which we have found to be just priceless in terms of our ability to operate and for our staff to be able to have set of practices that they can look at and help them along the way as they navigate through Daxko Operations.”  -Jarrod Covington, YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South

“It’s about relationships and I think we are in the relationship business so to work with a company that is also about relationships is important. I think it makes transitions easy as there is new software rolled out or new products…when we are ready to make that move it’s already there.”  -Angela Wallace, YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South

“If you are looking for a company that will support you not only in your software needs but also the questions you have about trends and membership and ways to take care of those members, they are partners and it’s like having an extended family at the other end of your computer. I have learned to appreciate Daxko and to appreciate the tools that it brings to the table and provides the staff team [with] everything at their fingertips to be successful.” – Joe Paslay, Cleveland County Family YMCA

Video: Adapt to Change

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“To change lives, you have to adapt to change.”

That’s the premise of a new video from Daxko, out last week. Daxko is the largest provider of mission-critical software for YMCAs, JCCs, and other member-based health and wellness centers. The video talks about the changing health of communities, the changing ways community members connect, and how health and wellness organizations can stay ahead of the trend with processes and software dedicated to staying with current trends. Watch the video here:

“Community health is changing. Obesity and type 2 diabetes are on the rise. Daxko helps you promote healthy living to reverse this trend.

Demographics are changing. From millennials to boomers, Daxko helps you connect with members through social media, targeted email, and text notifications.

Technology is changing. It can be challenging to keep pace. Only Daxko provides the integrated software, predictive analytics, and expertise that allow you to stay ahead of the curve.

With Daxko it has never been a better time to join forces with the largest peer network of community wellness centers, Ys, and JCCs.”