Children who have pets tend to get more exercise than those who do not. A recent study found that children with dogs average 325 minutes of physical activity per day, over an hour more each week than kids without dogs. Owning a dog can help prevent your child’s risk of obesity, as activity increases while playing with, walking with and cleaning up after pets. Pets are not the only way to keep children healthy and active. A few examples are to encourage your child to join a sports team, have a dance party, maintain a healthy diet and take a daily children’s multivitamin. Consult a pediatrician with any questions or concerns about your child’s health. This information is brought to you by The Doctors Prescription for Health, sponsored by CVS/pharmacy. For more health information, please visi
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