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Walk a Dog, Get Healthy!

Get healthy this spring by walking your dog!

Guest Blogger: Siri Espy, Communications Team 

If the recent weather is any indication, spring is here! This is the perfect time of year to spend time with a canine companion—it will do you both a world of good! 

According to a recent medical research and as reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this week, people who own and walk dogs are 34 percent more likely to meet federal standards for physical activity. People who walked their dogs had higher levels of moderate and vigorous physical activity. And senior citizens walk longer and faster when they walk with dogs rather than humans. 

Don’t have a dog? Stop by to find a new walking buddy who will also give you a lifetime of love. If your current life is not dog-friendly, we can always use volunteer dog walkers. 

Either way, we guarantee that spending time with a precious pup will be good for your heart. So put on your walking shoes and make the trip to Animal Friends!

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Larissa Dudkiewicz April 02, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I thought about this yesterday as I walked my dog up a 45 degree angle hill, oh how healthy this must be for me. My legs are a little sore today from the hike, but she loves it. It's true having a dog really does make you get out there and walk. Even when you don't feel like it. Rain, snow, cold, hot.

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