Feel Good Piscataquis! Expo 10/30/2015


6 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health by Lisa Fields

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Have you ever noticed that you feel better when you’re around your pet? It’s true. Spending quality time with a dog, cat or other animal can have a positive impact on your mood and your health. Pets can be calming stress-fighters and can help you in other ways, too.

1. A Healthier Heart
Your dog may make you less likely to get heart disease. Why? Dog owners walk more and have lower blood pressure than people who don’t have dogs. Pets can also be good for you if you already have heart problems.

2. Stress Soothers
Petting your cat or dog feels good. It can lower your blood pressure, helps your body release a relaxation hormone, and cuts down on levels of a stress hormone.

3. Social Magnets
Pets, especially dogs, can help you connect with other people.

4. Better Mood, More Meaning
People with pets are generally happier, more trusting, and less lonely than those who don’t have pets. They also visit the doctor less often for minor problems.

5. Benefits for Baby’s Immune System
Babies raised in families that have pets may be less likely to get allergies and asthma.

6. Social Support for Autistic Children
Kids tend to relate better to their classmates who have autism when pets are in the classroom.

Fresh Air Dogs “Feel Good” Testimonial:

Shortly after Fresh Air Dogs opened, we had a retired couple bring their dog, Lady, to us for daycare. They were thrilled to FINALLY be able to go to a nice place to eat while out and about doing their errands instead of just pulling into a drive-thru for some fast food. They had never wanted to leave Miss Lady in the car for fear that she’d get too cold, or too hot, depending on the season. Now they look forward to going out on lunch ‘dates’ and not having to worry about their pup.

Barkley and I had a fun day in Monson meeting lots of new people and reconnecting with old friends.

The Feel Good Piscataquis! Expo celebrated healthy living in Piscataquis County and showcased fun displays, interactive demonstrations, and information from a broad range of providers and organizations with products and services that support wellness.

This event was sponsored by the Piscataquis Regional YMCA’s Healthy Community project, the Charlotte White Center’s Thriving in Place initiative, and the Maine Highlands Senior Center.