For older adults, owning a dog increases the likelihood of achieving World Health Organization (WHO) recommended levels of physical activity, according to a study published recently.

Physical activity is known to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, multiple cancers and depression. This research adds evidence to show that owning a pet dog can help support health as people age.

The University of Lincoln and Glasgow Caledonian University Study, published in BMC Public Health was conducted in collaboration with the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, part of Mars Petcare and funded through an ISAZ/Waltham award.

Researchers used a specific type of activity monitor for the first time to objectively gather activity data of dog-owning and non-dog owning study participants.

The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition is the fundamental science centre for Mars Petcare and focuses on the nutrition and wellbeing of dogs, cats, horses, birds and fish, and their benefits to humans. 

So basically, Spot is going to get you moving. Get out there and stay healthy!