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Walking a dog may be good for your waistline, and it doesn’t have to be your dog.

Walking a dog helped people in a recent study lose nearly 14.5 pounds over a yearlong period. Participants began walking 10 minutes three times per week and worked up to 20 minutes five days per week. Owning a dog may help decrease blood pressure and depression as well, according to research. If you decide not to own a dog, consider volunteering to walk dogs at local animal shelters or volunteering to care temporarily for other displaced pet.

Missouri Life Science Week 2005. poster session abstracts

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Reprinted with permission from the Canadian Adventist Messenger, January 2006. Copyright © 2006 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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