How Pets Can Help You Stay Healthy

Did you know that those with four legs can help those with two legs? Owning a pet may be genuinely beneficial for your physical and mental health. From helping you be more active, calmer and more sociable, to reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels, lowering your risk for heart disease and even extending longevity, owning a dog has been found to have wonderful health consequences.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

But now that it’s late January, “walking in a winter wonderland” may not be so easy, especially if you are among the estimated 14 percent of the population that suffers with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) according to the CDC. Approximately 10 percent to 20 percent of the population may experience a milder form called the “winter blues.” So what causes SAD and how can you learn to cope with it?

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