HEART HEALTH: Bring Your Dog to Work on Fridays in June

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As if pet parents need another reason to boast about their beloved pets or encourage you to follow their pet on Instagram - studies have shown that pets can do more than warm your heart and your home. They also help their human companions get more exercise, may lower blood pressure and cholesterol, cut stress and boost happiness. It's a win-wag combination for health and happiness.

A pet can be your heart's best friend and that's why the American Heart Association - the world's leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke - is launching Best Friend Fridays. Every Friday in June, participating companies will open their doors to their employees' four-legged friends or schedule a group outing to a nearby green space to allow their employees to enjoy all the good that pets can do.

More Details: No bones about it - pets can be good for your heart. At home, they help you move more. At work, they help you stress less. They can even help you be more productive. Those are great reasons to high-five your furry friend. And that's why we want you to bring your pet to work for Best Friend Fridays and help us fetch funds for life-saving research and education. Donate at BestFriendFridays.heart.org. Then post a selfie of you and your pet at work. Let's lick heart disease and stroke together.

The idea will focus on every Friday in June of 2019. So, see if you can help to make your place of employment a place where your dog is welcome on June 7, 14, 21 and 28 - for your heart health.

Bring your pet to work and give in honor of your heart's best friend. Your gift will support important research and education (for humans). That's a high-five for heart health!

High Five! It's Friday! When you bring your pet to work on Best Friend Fridays, donate to the American Heart Association and post a selfie of you and your heart's best friend to spread the word using #BestFriendFridays.

And if your company does not have pets at work yet, find a park where you and your pet can meet up with other pet parents in your company! It could be a whole new way to make new friends with your best friend.

Pet companionship is important social support and a powerful predictor of behavior changes that can lead to weight loss. It can also provide benefits in patients with cardiovascular disease.

Overall, pet parents tend to live longer than non-pet owners.

Two out of three employees say work stresses them out, while 40% say their job gets in the way of their health. Pets at work may help reduce stress, increase productivity and improve employee satisfaction, teamwork and collaboration.

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