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Taking your dog for a walk is good for you.
Walking helps control blood pressure and weight, according to the Society for Vascular Surgery.
"The need to provide daily walks for a dog is great for dog owners as well," vascular surgeon Dr. Leila Mureebe said in a society news release.
"Exercise is good for the body's blood supply, for maintaining proper body weight and for controlling blood pressure."
A recent U.S. National Institutes of Health-funded study of 2,000 adults found that those who regularly walked their dogs were more physically active and less likely to be obese than those who didn't walk dogs.
"A brisk 30-minute walk with your dog is good for both of you," Mureebe said.
Dogs can offer other health benefits. For example, studies have found that petting a dog reduces people's blood pressure and heart rate, the Society for Vascular Surgery said.
SOURCE: Society for Vascular Surgery, news release, June 6, 2011
The Zestzfulness Team would like to remind you of your citizen's responsibility to pick up your dog poop and dispose of it properly. If you don't have (or want to purchase) a pooper scooper, try a plastic bag. Many carry used shopping plastic bags. When the bag is place over the hand, you can pick up what you have to, turn the bag inside out, and tie the end closed.