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Physical activity and pet ownership in year 3 of the Health ABC study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19462546     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Pet ownership among older adults was investigated to determine whether dog owners were more likely to engage in physical activity than non-dog-pet or non-pet owners. The relationship between pet ownership and physical activity was examined using data from the Health ABC study. After age, race, education level, number of assets, family income, and site were adjusted for dog owners were more likely than non-pet owners to have engaged in non-exercise-related walking in the preceding week but did not differ from non-pet owners in walking for exercise or any physical activity. In contrast, non-dog-pet owners did not differ from non-pet owners in non-exercise-related walking in the preceding week and were less likely than non-pet owners to have engaged in walking for exercise or any physical activity in the preceding week. The activity-related benefits of pet ownership in older adults were limited to dog owners, who engaged in greater overall physical activity--non-exercise-related walking, in particular. Whether pet-related physical activity is sufficient to provide health benefits requires longitudinal investigation.
Authors:
Roland J Thorpe; Regina A Kreisle; Lawrence T Glickman; Eleanor M Simonsick; Anne B Newman; Stephen Kritchevsky
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of aging and physical activity     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1063-8652     ISO Abbreviation:  J Aging Phys Act     Publication Date:  2006 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-05-25     Completed Date:  2009-06-16     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9415639     Medline TA:  J Aging Phys Act     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  154-68     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD 21224, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Aged
Animals
Animals, Domestic*
Dogs*
Exercise*
Female
Health Behavior*
Humans
Longitudinal Studies
Male
Multivariate Analysis
Pennsylvania
Tennessee
Walking*
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
F31-AG-20507/AG/NIA NIH HHS; N01-AG-6-2103/AG/NIA NIH HHS; N01-AG-6-2106/AG/NIA NIH HHS

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