This site is no longer actively maintained and is posted for historical purposes only.
Here's the link to the final report for the project.
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Active for Life - Increasing Physical Activity Levels in Adults Age 50 and Older!
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Pet Ownership and Health

"Pet ownership can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, and feelings of loneliness," notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pets can also aid in increasing exercise, outdoor activities, and socialization in their owners. A study done at the University of Missouri-Columbia matched new walkers with loaner dogs and found the walkers lost an average of 14 pounds in a year.

At a recent Active for Life® reunion event hosted by the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio and Hamilton County Health District, two pet adoption organizations offered AFL alumni the opportunity to interact with some furry friends and learn about pet adoption. Circle Tail ( provides assistance dogs to people with mobility, hearing, neurologic or psychiatric disabilities, as well as dogs for adoption. PAWS ( is a no-kill, non-profit animal shelter dedicated to providing care and shelter for unwanted dogs and cats and placing them in loving homes.

To learn about opportunities to connect older adults in your community with pets contact your local SPCA or community pet shelters and adoption agencies.

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What is Active for Life?
Active for LifeActive for Life® (AFL) was established to learn how to deliver research-based physical activity programs to large numbers of mid-life and older adults, and to sustain such programs through existing community institutions.

This Web site was sponsored by the Active for Life National Program Office which operates out of The Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health.

Funding for the program came from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) from 2001-2009.

For more information please contact us at 979-458-4202.
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Active For Life has had successful results implementing research-based physical activity programs into the community. Read the news release here. For more information, read our article published in the October 2008 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
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