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September 2016

The Leader in Diabetes Care enters Bengaluru


Bengaluru, 30th September, 2016: With a need to curb the ever growing Diabetes, the centre for excellence in Diabetes Care in India, Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialties Centre made a grand entry into Bengaluru today with the launch of its first Diabetes Centre in Indira Nagar. The Guest of Honour, Sri. B. N. S. Reddy, Inspector General of Police inaugurated the Diabetes Centre along with Smt. Reeth Abraham, Arjuna Awardee and Co-Founder of Clean Sports India and Dr. V. Mohan, Chairman and Chief Diabetologist, Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre.

Since its inception in 1991, Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Centre proactively offers personal and holistic approach to Diabetes management that includes lifestyle changes and dietary regulations. With over 25 years of expertise, Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialties Centre is the only Diabetes Centre in India which has established an in-house Diabetes research wing, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF). MDRF, set up in the year 2008, aims to bring Research on Diabetes and related complications into practice.

Being the first ‘one-stop’ comprehensive diabetes treatment facility, Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialties Centre, with an expertise of 25 years offers one step solutions to the patients. With an aim to cover the multidisciplinary treatment in a single structure, Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialties Centre offers Diabetes Foot Care, Diabetes Eye Unit, Nutrition and Dietetics, Patient Education, Diabetes Footwear and Food products under one roof. The tailored Diabetes Care approach enables the patients with comfort to avail investigations, consultations, stress management and counselling services on diets from seasoned doctors.


Commenting on occasion, Dr. V. Mohan, Chairman and Managing Director, Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialties Centresaid, “A recent study suggests that 125 million Indians are to likely to become victims of Diabetes by 2035 and currently 26.5 percent of Bangalore population is already Diabetic. It is important to understand that unless changes are made in lifestyle and food habits, Diabetes will severely impact the quality of life and productivity of an individual. Managing Diabetes is not a science, it is an art. We at Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialties Centre strive to offer excellence in Diabetes Care by bringing together face to face consultation, enhanced expertise and optimised research under one roof.”

Sri. B. N. S. Reddy, Inspector General of Police said, “I’m glad to be a part of the grand inauguration of Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialties Centre’s first branch in Bangalore and I wish them all the success in their future endeavours. Diabetes is a disorder and not a disease; it can be managed with an improvement in the lifestyle and changes in dietary patterns along with regular monitoring and checkups.”

YSA-UL launches Safer Roads, Safer India Program 2016


Bangalore, 29th September, 2016 – India’s track record with road safety has been such that today we have the dubious distinction of having some of the most dangerous roads in the world. Even while the Government is taking multiple policy and legislative measures, a multipronged approach is essential, involving the youth and local communities at the grass root level. As a global leader in safety science and as an organization with Public safety at the core of all that it does, UL has prioritized road safety as its top agenda in India.

As one of the youngest nations, demographically speaking, it is natural and necessary that the youth are actively engaged and supported in India’s efforts to tackle the Road Safety challenge. Encouraged by the results of 2015, UL has again partnered with Youth Service America (YSA) for 2016. YSA is a Youth Service organization of international repute that helps young people find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues.

Through the “Safer Roads, Safer India” campaign, UL calls for creative solutions from young Indians to ‘work towards’ safer roads and in turn, a safer India. A select 31 educators and 26 Youth Ambassadors would be awarded grants to organize youth-led micro projects, awareness campaigns, advocacy and other effective measures that are locally relevant, are tangible and measurable for impact. All awarded volunteers will be trained by YSA in project management and youth leadership. The training will be conducted across Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad, starting last week of August through mid-September.

The SRSI Campaign comprises two programs (1) Classrooms with a Cause program—an opportunity for teachers to mentor a group of students to lead a project on Road Safety. (2) Youth Fellow program—an opportunity for young people between 15 and 25 years to work with their peers and improve road safety in their communities. Both of these programs are aimed at creating a sense of ownership and active citizenship among young people, equipping them to recognize issues in their immediate neighborhoods and attempt to solve them.

“It is really encouraging to see young people come forward and collaborate with others in their community to acknowledge and act upon one of the largest Public Safety challenges in India”, said Chris Wagner from YSA.

Assetz Presents Carnival Run 2016

The most exciting short marathon of the year for runners and fitness enthusiasts.


Assetz Property Group, one of India’s fastest growing real estate companies, in association with Sportzify is organising the ‘Carnival Run 2016’ on October 2, 2016.  The run is divided in three parts 3Km, 5Km and 10Km for participants of all age groups.

Adults can also participate in 3 km run but prizes are only for kids who are under 12 years of age.  The event starts with a Zumba warmup session.

To be part of this exciting run register now. Registration is open till October 1st, 2016.

Carnival Run 2016 details

Date: 2nd October | Sunday

Reporting Time: 6 AM

Starting Point: Decathlon Sarjapur

End Point: Asset 630 East*

Category: 3Km | 5Km | 10Km

*For 5km and 10 Km only

Entry Fees:

Entry Fees (Mandatory): Rs 200 for 3Km ; Rs.300 for 5Km and Rs.400 for 10Km per person 


Cash Prize for only top runner (1st position) of 5K and 10K Men & Women both.

Finisher’s certificate and medals for all the participants

Breakfast is complimentary for all the participants

Still waiting! Call @ 9742172747 or mail for more information.

BASE announces admissions for EXCEL CET/NEET Intensive course


Bangalore, September 28, 2016: BASE (, the Bangalore based, premier training organization providing quality training for competitive examinations has announced commencement of admissions for EXCEL CET/NEET Intensive course, a program for excellence in CET & NEET. The program has been designed keeping in mind the various requirements for different competitive examinations & provides a distinct edge for students preparing for CET & NEET simultaneously. This program is meant for students who are currently enrolled in II PU (State Syllabus) or Class XII (CBSE/ISC) for the academic year 2016-17.

Students will also be provided online support with chapter – wise online tests, recorded synopsis (Audio-Video) both on I PU & II PU topics, recorded solutions, etc. Assessment tests would also be conducted on the lines of NEET/CET.

Announcing the program, Mr. Vallish Herur, Director, BASE said, “Since NEET gives equal weightage for I & II PU syllabus and CET comprises of 25% questions on I PU & 75% on II PU syllabus, the program has been designed accordingly to meet the specific requirements. BASE’s research efforts give the edge in preparing the program objectives and content. Early preparation is the key for good results, adds Mr. Herur.

For more information – write to ; or call 080 – 42604600 / 9538141504

CROCS DEBUTS HIGH FASHION COLLABORATION ON CHRISTOPHER KANE CATWALK Iconic jewel-encrusted clogs unveiled at London Fashion Week


LONDON, U.K. – September 19,2016Crocs, Inc. is proud to announce its first runway collaboration with award-winning British designer Christopher Kane at London Fashion Week 2016. The collection of bespoke, limited edition Crocs shoes debuted on the catwalk this afternoon for the brand’s SS’17 London Fashion Week show.


Christopher Kane’s signature of constant innovation and rebellious femininity perfectly complements one of Crocs’ core brand values of celebrating individuality. Today, the pairing of these values was unveiled on the catwalk at The Tate Britain, as a bespoke collection of limited edition Crocs shoes were unveiled as part of the Christopher Kane SS’17 Womenswear collection.

The iconic Crocs Classic Clogscome in a specialmarble print (in green, blue, orange and brown), as well as high shine plain colours in rich earthy tones, and embellished with beautiful natural gemstone Jibbitz(shoe charms), especially created by the brand for this collaboration.


“When Christopher Kane approached us about this opportunity, we were delighted and excited to work together with such an iconic force in the fashion world,” said Michelle Poole, Senior Vice President of Global Product and Merchandising for Crocs. “Working with Christopher reinforces our belief that our iconic clog is incredibly relevant in today’s style arena. This partnership becomes a terrific vehicle for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary, and elevating the everyday into desirable luxury, two of Christopher’s key design philosophies. This collaboration has legs way beyond London Fashion Week, and we’re excited to share more details in the near future.”

Christopher Kane, said of the partnership: “I always work with unexpected items and combinations, transforming the everyday into desirable luxury. I wanted to bring my own stamp and DNA to Crocs’ classic clog and achieve something really special. The marble print feels very earthy and I often think of Crocs shoes in a very grounded way, worn with either an evening dress or with jeans, and adding the rock crystals brings a bit of luxury to this everyday style. Crocs are arguably the most comfortable shoe, and I love that they are slightly awkward and might be perceived by some as ‘ugly’. They have a very naïve and childlike shape which I especially like when they look extra clunky on the foot.”

Launch of 380 Nos. “Karnataka Sarige Buses”

Launched  380 Nos. “Karnataka Sarige Buses” by Sri. Ramalinga Reddy,Hon’ble Minister for Transport, In-charge Minister, Chikkaballapur and Chairman, KSRTC on 26.09.2016 at   11.00 am KSRTC Central Office, 4thDepot, Bangalore Central Division.


At present, the State Road Transport Corporations (STUs) are also discharging great responsibility of providing public transport services to the 23793 villages and catering about 1.25 crores passengers everyday; with a help of 23700 buses and  1.17 lakhs of manpower.

  • KSRTC has received 70 National and International awards in the 1998-2016 last 40 months and 137 awards (May 2013- Sep-2016)
  • 1594 New Buses to be Inducted by March 2017
  • Fly Bus Services has become popular and from high demand from the public, it has been planned to add 7 buses directly from Bangalore International Airport to Tirupathi, Madikeri and Selam. At present, Bangalore-Mysore – 5 Buses and Bangalore-Kundapur (Manipal) – 2 Buses in operation.
  • It has been planned to install CC TV Camera’s in all the Depots, Bus Stands, Regional Workshops and Divisional Workshops of KSRTC.
  • Further, construction of new Bus Stands and up-gradation of Bus Stands will be taken up during the.
  • India’s first 100% Bio Diesel Bus operation has been already in operation, and 1700 buses having 20% Bio Diesel Buses were implemented.
  • KSRTC has bagged total 137 National & International Awards during the period from 1998-2016 and May-2013 – September-2016) KSRTC has bagged 40months- 70 Awards for its commuter friendly Services.


‘PEACEBYCYCLE’: Be a Change Agent – Promote Peace by Pedalling


September 27, 2016: Cycle is a great leveller and the versatility it provides has elevated its status as all season ray of hope for the masses. Increasingly Cycle as a vehicle to communicate social messages is on the rise with several organizations riding on this factor to sensitize the community about its chosen goal.

In tune with this trend Namma Bengaluru will witness a PEACEBYCYCLE’ event on October 2, 2016 – Gandhi Jayanti – to convey the message of peace and humanity to the world, to remind people that Every Human deserves the right to a peaceful existence. Also this event will raise funds to build the planned Worldpeacemuseum in Bengaluru. This project in its virtual form is estimated to cost Rs 30 lakhs and in the physical form is estimated @ Rs 50 core.


PEACEBYCYCLE’ event is being jointly organized by Bornfree Art School & Breathe Entertainment in Association with This event is also to commemorate DaanUtsav (earlier called the Joy of Giving Week) celebrated between October 2 and 8. The event will witness cycle enthusiasts’ pedal 18 kms – starting from Mahatma Gandhi Park on MG road, they will pedal across MG Road, Indiranagar, Jeevan Bhimanagar, Old Airport Road, Marathahalli and end the cycling tour at Ecumenical Christian Centre (ECC) on outer circle Whitefield road Marathahalli. The event will be flagged off at 7.30 a.m. and the registration fee for participants will be Rs 500/-. Those who do not own a cycle don’t worry as you could hire one from

In the run up to the event unique and specially designed cycles will ride across the city spreading the message of peace and also drumming up support for building the proposed Worldpeacemuseum. To add to the excitement, on the event day cyclists could witness Music for Peace – 20 lady artists will play Traditional Tamte form of music  accompanied by various other Peace Drums Circle; playing with puppets and so on.

According to John Devaraj, Founder Born Free Art School, “A cursory glance of daily news is a proof of what is happening around us – violence, suffering and injustice.  While the vast majority prefers to remain silent, some sporadically speak out and want to take action. The irony is many of us think the ugly incidents will not strike us without realizing that anything could strike us any time”. These peace initiatives are aimed at sensitizing masses and prevail upon them to give peace a chance, and in the process be a change agent, he added.

According to Kishore Joseph, Social Activist & Director Breathe Entertainment, “As a change agent we should propagate being peaceful, being loving and calm and as Gandhi said only by being peaceful we can bring greater peace, love and wisdom to the world around us”. Further, he added, through cycling, we are trying to convey the message of peace & humanity to the world and remind their right to a peaceful co-existence, able to live a life of quality & dignity.

Commenting on cycle being a catalyst for promoting peace, Santhosh, Founder, said, “The culture of cycling is fast catching the imagination of people and the humble cycle is now emerging as a vehicle for spreading social messages with telling effect. We are keen to proactively put cycle to best possible use and are happy to associate with this event and be part of the process that nurtures cyclists to be change agents in ushering in peace culture”.

Hailing the PEACEBYCYCLE’ initiative Shajan Samuel, Sr.Vice President MAAC (India), said that, MAAC was glad to support the event as they have always been at the forefront of several CSR initiatives likes Stress Management workshop for Bangalore Traffic Police, Open street festival for Autistic Kids and many other social events. He also added that there is no better way to celebrate the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, than a ‘PEACEBYCYCLE’ ride to spread the message of harmony.

PEACEBYCYCLE’ event is supported by IOC, MAAC, The Bangalore School, Seva Café, Fitness NU (Fitness Partner), (Online Radio Partner) & Ecumenical Christian Centre (ECC).

To participate in PEACEBYCYCLE’ event log on to any of the following: | | or Call: 94835 37475

Apollo Munich finds 51% of health insurance policyholders are underinsured

New Delhi, September 26, 2016: Leading standalone health insurer, Apollo Munich Health Insurance has found that 51% of health insurance policyholders in India are underinsured, that is, have purchased low sum insured health insurance policies that would not suffice in medical emergencies. Apollo Munich studied around 7 lakh health insurance policyholders spread across 82 cities in India, and has found that both men and women across metros, tier 1 and 2 cities and towns are underinsured. At 52% men are more underinsured than women at 46%. 

Although the number of health insurance policyholders in India is increasing annually, people most often choose the lowest sum insured policy, without comprehending the entire process of choosing an appropriate cover. Some of the reasons are lack of awareness about how to pick the right sum insured, overdependence on corporate health insurance coverage, willingness to pay a premium that is only up to the highest limit of rebate under Section 80D of the Income Tax Act etc.  

The company has been able to conclude that underinsurance is more prevalent in the higher age brackets as 62% of policyholders above 45 years of age are underinsured. The slight respite to this grave problem is that young people seem to be choosing the right sum insured comparatively, since at 38% people between 18-35 years are the least underinsured segment amongst all other age groups. The underinsurance percentage of people between 61-65 years is 75%. One of the main reasons for this alarming underinsurance statistic is that policyholders do not upgrade their sum insured on the basis of their increasing age, changing needs and medical inflation.

The research also threw light on the fact that South India has the maximum number underinsured people amounting to 59% of policyholders, while the underinsurance percentage in the North, West, East and Central parts of the country is 49%, 49%, 48% and 45% respectively.

Speaking about the research, Antony Jacob, CEO, Apollo Munich Health Insurance, said, “On the one hand India faces a challenge of lack of health insurance penetration, on the other hand those who have health insurance are underinsured. Underinsurance is a somber problem as it not only results in increased stress and sudden out of pocket expenditure for policyholders during times of medical exigencies, but also gives them a false sense of assurance of being covered. People must understand that health insurance is not just a tax saving tool, and therefore be mindful while choosing a sum insured for themselves and their family.”

“At Apollo Munich, we have developed an innovative devise-agnostic application for our advisors ‘Ampower’ that functions on a Business Rule Engine (BRE) for instant policy issuance and automated underwriting. The ‘Ampower’ app also suggests an optimal coverage to customers while buying or renewing a policy based on various factors. We conduct regular training for our advisors to offer the most appropriate insurance solutions to our potential and existing customers on the basis of the algorithm we have developed over years of analysis and research. We also have a dedicated team that educates customers about choosing the right sum insured at the time of policy renewal. Through various marketing and social media initiatives, we continuously engage with our customers and educate them about the need of choosing right sum insured as per their individual needs.”  Mr. Jacob added.

The study also reveals:

  •  People in their 20s should ideally have a sum insured cover of Rs. 5 lakhs if residing in a metro, Tier 1 or 2 cities
  •  People in the 30s and 40s should have at least a cover of Rs. 7 lakhs while residing in a metro or Tier 1 city. Those residing in Tier 2 cities should have a cover of Rs. 6    lakhs
  • Those nearing retirement age (that is are in their 50s) should seek policies with Rs. 9 lakhs, if he or she is residing in a metro or Tier 1 city. In Tier 2 cities a sum insured policy of Rs. 8 lakhs should be sufficient
  • Indians above the age of 60 years should own health insurance coverage of at least Rs. 10 lakhs sum insured to be able to manage their healthcare costs.


7 Things Good for your heart

In a world where time is money and dreams are goals it is very important to be healthy and in top shape. The heart which not only is one of our most important organs but it is also the reason we tick. Maintaining a healthy heart is of utmost importance and to aid us in ensuring our heart remains in the pink of health here are 7 things which you may have not known are good for the heart.



It is a known fact that brisk walking is the one of the best exercises that one can incorporate in their fitness regime. When we get out in the morning we notice a large group of people who take their early morning walks. Other than helping people remain fit walking is also very healthy for the heart, One must take it in our stride to ensure that walking becomes a lifestyle choice and not a chore. According to Shane Bilsborough a well-known ‎nutrition and exercise expert who is also the Co-Founder & Chief Wellness Officer, Stepathlon remarks, “Walking is one of the best ways to stay fit. One must take an average of 10,000 steps every day, but most of us clock just 1,500 to 2,000 steps on regular days. At first, walking 10,000 steps may seem like an unrealistic goal but consider this – it takes 5,238 steps to walk off a slice of pizza! A lot of times people don’t realize that small changes can be made to ensure we complete the 10,000 step goal set for a healthy heart.  Just spending 30 minutes on an activity such as walking every day can reduce our risk of heart disease by 44%.


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If you like to unwind with a glass of wine, then you are in the right company! According to Dr Kari Poikolainen, who used to work for the World Health Organization as an alcohol expert, examined decades of research into its effects. Drinking one or two glasses of red wine a day can actually help protect your heart and help prevent against cardiovascular disease. It contains resveratrol, which is a powerful antioxidant compound which protects your arteries and the heart against the effects of saturated fat. Cecilia Oldne, Vice President, Marketing and Global Brand Ambassador, Sula Vineyards, also shared some interesting insights about wine and its connection to the heart, “Research has for long suggested that there is a strong connection between wine and its benefits for the heart. This is because there are various substances in red wine that are proven to be heart-healthy like resveratrol that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, prevents blood clots and protects the heart from inflammation. There are also antioxidants in red wine like polyphenols that helps protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart and helps prevent heart diseases like atherosclerosis. Of course, everything in moderation – my father who is a doctor says a glass or two a day. Wine is known to put a smile on your face as well – and we all know that happiness results in a longer life too!

Cod Liver Oil: 

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For all the fish lovers out there, there’s some good news  – The omega 3 content in cod liver oil could also be beneficial for your heart as they have beneficial effects on blood pressure, blood stickiness, and inflammation and are prescribed to lower abnormally high blood fat levels. They may also protect against certain abnormal heart rhythms, especially in heart muscle receiving a poor blood supply (iii). An intake of at least 1g omega-3 fish oils per day (from eating oily fish twice a week, or from pharmaceutical grade supplements) has consistently been shown to reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death by 40% to 45% (iv, v, vi). In India there might be a variety of brands which might be prevalent but Seven Seas from Merck Healthcare is one of the best. Not only because it is an FDA approved product, but also it comes from the highly reputable stable of products from the Merck Family

Hot Chilies:

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Who thought that having red chilies could be beneficial for the heart? Though in a country like India spices are generally added to improve the flavor of the dish, they also have health benefits. According to Dr John Day who is a cardiologist and Medical director of heart rhythm services in the United States reiterated the Harvard study which found that people who consumed hot chilies are less susceptible to  cancer and high blood pressure which in turn leads to less heart disease deaths. This is due to the ingredient capsaicin which lowers blood cholesterol levels and blocks a gene that makes arteries contract, which can lead to dangerous blockages of blood flow. Such blockages can cause heart attacks (when blood can’t reach the heart) or strokes (when blood can’t reach the brain). This finding was attributed to the paper written by Huang W and Cheang WS from the Chinese University of Honk Kong.

The Sun:

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In a tropical country like India one would assume that the population would never suffer from Vitamin D Deficiency, but the reality is a different story. In a recent study carried out by PD Hinduja Hospital which is one of the top hospitals in Mumbai, it was seen that 77.5% of the male population and 72.68% of the female population was lacking adequate levels of Vitamin D. Vitamin D has been known to be really good for the heart. In a recent study conducted by experts at Southampton and Edinburgh universities where the skin of 24 healthy young men to a sun lamp for 20 minutes and measured their blood pressure, Diastolic pressure – the lower of the two figures in a blood pressure reading – dropped significantly and remained low for at least half an hour after the lamp was switched off.

Martin Feelisch, professor of experimental medicine at Southampton University, said: ‘Every little change might help. ‘The findings could help explain why rates of heart disease go up in the winter – and why cardiac health is worse in countries further from the equator.

The professor said it will be important to check that the benefits are not limited to a quick blast of UV light in a lab but persist in the real world where people are exposed to sunlight every day. If the sun’s rays do prove to be beneficial for the heart, the professor said health advice on tanning should be reviewed. He said that despite concern about skin cancer, heart disease is a far bigger killer. In Britain, skin cancer kills 2,800 people a year while heart disease and strokes claim more than 160,000 lives annually and every seven minutes someone in the UK dies from a heart attack. Professor Feelisch said that fear of skin cancer has left some people scared of the sun.


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For movie goers this is good news. All that popcorn you guzzled over the weekend could have been doing you the power of good. It’s long been known that red wine contains antioxidants, thought to help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of ‘good’ cholesterol and protecting against artery damage – and now it appears that the popcorn you eat with it does too. Indeed, says a team from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, it has more of the beneficial polyphenols than fruit and vegetables, largely because it contains so much less water. It’s the same reason that dried fruits hold more polyphenols than fresh ones.

It’s the hulls of the popcorn – the bits that get stuck between your teeth – that appear to hold the most, says Dr Joe Vinson. “Those hulls deserve more respect,” he says. “They are nutritional gold nuggets.” Up to 300 mg of polyphenols were found in a serving of popcorn, compared with 114 mg for a serving of sweet corn and 160 mg for all fruits. One serving of popcorn would provide 13 percent of an average intake of polyphenols a day per person in the US. Naturally, it’s not a good idea to slather the popcorn in butter or oil. Air-popped is best, with oil doubling the number of calories. “Popcorn may be the perfect snack food. It’s the only snack that is 100 percent unprocessed whole grain,” says Vinson. “All other grains are processed and diluted with other ingredients, and although cereals are called ‘whole grain’, this simply means that over 51 percent of the weight of the product is whole grain.”



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This should be a pet lovers dream. Now a man’s best friend can also help in reducing the risk of heart diseases. “Over the last decade or so there have been periodic reports on the association between pet ownership and cardiovascular risk,” said Dr. Glenn N. Levine, a cardiologist with the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Administration Medical Center in Houston and lead author of a new scientific statement by the AHA which looked at the influence of pets on heart health. Owning pets is associated with reducing your risk of heart disease, and there are a variety of reasons that may be at work that influence this relationship.

Dog owners especially can benefit from this as during the process of taking your dog for a walk or playing fetch they do not realize the physical activity they are putting their body through can lead to a healthy body. Pets also play a role in providing social support to their owners, which is an important factor in helping you stick with a new habit or adopting a new healthy behavior.

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