Obesity is at epidemic levels worldwide. In the U.S. alone, it is estimated that by 2018 the cost of treating weight-related illnesses will double to almost $350 billion a year. A 2010 report by the U.S. Surgeon General estimates that two-thirds of American adults and almost one in three children are now overweight or obese. Similar statistics emphasize the staggering problem in other industrialized countries. This volume originated in a special 2009 symposium funded in part by a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) and sponsorship from Mars-Waltham™ on how human-animal interaction may help fight obesity across the lifespan. It provides systematic presentation of the scientific evidence for this powerful expression of the benefits of the human-animal bond. The volume will be especially valuable as a sourcebook of evidence-based studies for public health professionals treating overweight humans and veterinarians treating obese dogs.
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Chapter 1: Dog walking as a new area of inquiry: An overview, by Alan M. Beck
Chapter 2: Physical activity recommendations and dog walking, by Jacqueline N. Epping
Chapter 3: International perspectives on the epidemiology of dog walking, by Adrian Bauman, Hayley E. Christian, Roland J. Thorpe, Jr., and Rona Macniven
Chapter 4: Dog walking as a catalyst for strengthening the social fabric of the community, by Lisa J. Wood and Hayley E. Christian
Chapter 5: Dog walking as physical activity for older adults, by Roland J. Thorpe, Jr., Hayley E. Christian, and Adrian Bauman
Chapter 6: “Walk a hound, lose a pound”: A community dog walking program for families, by Rebecca A. Johnson and Charlotte A. McKenney
Chapter 7: Method development and preliminary examination of dog walking as a form of human and canine physical activity, by Barbour S. Warren, Joseph J. Wakshlag, Mary Maley, Tracy Farrell, Martin T. Wells, Angela M. Struble, Carol M. Devine, and Grace Long
Chapter 8: Dog obesity, dog walking, and dog health, by Karyl J. Hurley, Denise A. Elliott, and Elizabeth Lund
Chapter 9: Owners and pets exercising together: The metabolic benefits of “walking
the dog”, by Mark B. Stephens, Cindy C. Wilson, Jeffrey L. Goodie, F. Ellen Netting, Cara Olsen, Christopher G. Byers, and Mary E. Yonemura
Chapter 10: Kids and K-9s for healthy choices: A pilot program for canine therapy and healthy behavior modification to increase healthy lifestyle choices in children, by Kathy K. Wright and Ashley M. Brown
Chapter 11: Future directions in dog walking, by Rebecca A. Johnson, Alan M. Beck, Sandra McCune, James A. Griffin, and
Rebecca Johnson PhD, RN, FAAN, is Millsap Professor for Gerontological Nursing and Public Policy at the University of Missouri. She holds a joint appointment at the College of Veterinary Medicine as the Director of the Research Center for Human Animal Interaction (visit www.rechai.missouri.edu). Author of over 40 publications, she is called upon nationally and internationally to speak about human-animal interaction. In 2010 she was elected President of the International Association of Human Animal Interaction Organizations.
Dr. Alan Beck is the Dorothy N. McAllister Professor of Animal Ecology at Purdue University. Before coming to Purdue, Beck directed the Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society at the University of Pennsylvania and was director of animal programs for the New York City Department of Health.