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September 21, 2010

Dogs Keep Kids Active

Score another one for dog owners! Not only does owning multiple dogs reduce the likelihood that your children will have allergies, but a new study out of the UK shows kids who have dogs get more exercise than those who don't (via Science Daily):
Children whose families own dogs are more active than those without, according to new research. Researchers from St George's, University of London studied 2,065 children aged nine to ten, and found that children from dog-owning families have higher levels of physical activity compared to children without.

The team says owning a dog could encourage more children to be active, and help combat rising childhood obesity.
Okay, so it's only about a 3.5% daily increase, but hey, small changes over time and all that. And the kids also spent less time in sedentary activities. Perhaps the First Lady should consider a campaign to increase dog ownership among families as part of her Let's Move anti-obesity initiative...?

Photo credit: Julia Lynch used under a CC license

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