Dogs Help Teens Exercise, Study Says

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Published: February 28, 2011
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Dogs may do more than just teach your teens responsibility -- according to new research, getting a dog may help get your teens to exercise more.

In a new study, published in the March issue of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, researchers found teens in families with dogs get about 15 more minutes a week of moderate to vigorous physical activity than teens who don't have any pets.

The study surveyed 618 pairs of Minneapolis adolescents and their parents about how much time they spent doing physical activities and the number of dogs in their home.

"You can think of your dog not only as your best friend, but also a social support tool for being active," study researcher John Sirard, an assistant professor at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, said in a statement.

Now if only dogs could help teens with their homework, they would be a dog in every home.

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