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The American Heart Association and Mayo Clinic urge people to get out walk with their pets. Use National Walking Day to kick off a heart healthy lifestyle by taking your four-legged friend for a walk. Obesity is not a health risk that humans struggle with alone; pets can face obesity related health concerns, including heart disease and stroke. According to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention  roughly 33.7% of adults are obese in the U.S and 26% of Florida adults are obese.  The fourth annual Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Study found approximately 53% of cats and 55% of dogs were overweight or obese. Obesity puts humans and pets alike at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke related deaths and illnesses. 

Try these ideas for participating in physical activity together:

  • Go on a family picnic and bring your dog. Pack some healthy snacks like fruit, veggie sticks, mixed nuts, and plenty of water (including a bowl for your dog to drink!).
  • Cool off when it is hot by taking a run through the sprinklers.
  • Go to the open water. If you live near a beach or a lake find a location that is pet-friendly and bring them along for a day in the sun with your kids.
  • Participate in local walks. The First Coast Heart Walk, on September 22, 2012 is pet and family friendly.  You will be exercising, spending time together, and supporting a great cause.
  • Visit a dog park. If your dog gets along well with other dogs, find a local dog park to visit for an  afternoon.  .
  • Walk home from school. If your child walks home from school, bring the dog when you meet them at school and walk home together.

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  • Who: American Heart Association-First Coast Market and Mayo Clinic
  • What: National Walking Day
  • When: Wednesday, April 4, 2012
  • Where: City-wide Initiative

Sources: (keyword searches- Pets and Obesity)

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