(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- On Saturday, November 12, 2011, Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr. joined Mars Petcare and the YMCA of Greater Miami for the "Woof Walk" Fun Run at the North Pointe YMCA Youth Activity Center. About 80 residents attended the event with their dogs for a 2K community dog walk designed to promote exercise for both pets and their owners. After the walk, attendees were able to enjoy a free family and pet festival which featured dog yoga, a dog agility course, pet wellness checks by Banfield veterinarians, arts and crafts, music, and face painting.
The entire event, part of Mars Petcare's THE POWER OF PETS program, teaches residents how pets can help their owners maintain an active lifestyle easily and affordably through dog walking and other activities. Commissioner Bovo, who has been a strong advocate for exercise and preventative care in his district, was happy to attend with his own pets, Junior and Princess.
"I think any dog owner can attest to how much a pet can enrich your life. Not only do they bring families so much joy, but just taking the time to walk your dog regularly benefits your health as well," said Commissioner Bovo. "I'm grateful to Mars Petcare and the YMCA for bringing this important message to my district and the South Florida community."
According to Mars Petcare, dog walking can be a gateway to a healthier and more active lifestyle for the nearly 40 percent of U.S. households that own a dog. A recent Mars Petcare survey found that nearly two-thirds of dog owners engage in exercise on a weekly basis because of their dog and that dogs are the driving force behind two-thirds of the walks their owners take each week. Such activity has the potential to lower the risk of blood pressure and combat obesity in both humans and pets.