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March 20, 2014

Strut Your Pup with Live Healthy Iowa

AMES — It’s spring, the sun is shining and the dogs are barking. Live Healthy Iowa wants you to treat your furry friend to plenty of activity this season by registering for the upcoming Strut Your Pup Challenge. The second annual challenge will begin April 21, and registration is now open at www.livehealthyiowa.org.

The six-week challenge encourages adult Iowans to improve their health and that of their dog through increased amounts of walking and active play. Studies have shown that people who regularly walk dogs may benefit from lower blood pressure, have a trimmer waistline and suffer from fewer chronic diseases. Dogs are a great accountability partner, keeping you active and on schedule.

The $8 registration fee for the Strut Your Pup Challenge includes a collapsible water bowl, weekly email tips, a personal online tracking page, the opportunity to win prizes and a $5 discount off participation in Iowa State University’s SCAVMA Scamper 5k/10k run on April 26.

The challenge is not limited to dog owners. Live Healthy Iowa encourages those interested to seek out volunteer opportunities with local shelters, or contact friends or neighbors who may have a loyal pet eager for activity.

For more information on the Strut Your Pup Challenge, visit www.livehealthyiowa.org.

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