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Just walking the dog: what promotes healthy humans?

Did you know scientists are studying the ways that you walk your dog?

What motivates you, how long you exercise for, what features (like footpaths and dog parks) promote human activity – all these questions and more, are being studied by researchers, Hayley Christian and Carri Westgarth.

Hayley’s background in human health teamed with Carri’s expertise in canine behaviour and welfare have created a research team exploring the human, dog and environmental factors that best promote active and healthy communities.

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Publications

Dog walking benefits! Dr Carri Westgarth & Dr Hayley Christian
Dr. Carri Westgarth & Dr. Hayley Christian

Westgarth, C., Christley, R. M., & Christian, H. E. (2014). How might we increase physical activity through dog walking?: A comprehensive review of dog walking correlatesInternational Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity11(1), 83. [PDF]

Christian, H., Trapp, G., Villanueva, K., Zubrick, S. R., Koekemoer, R., & Giles-Corti, B. (2014). Dog walking is associated with more outdoor play and independent mobility for childrenPreventive medicine67, 259-263.

Westgarth, C., Christley, R. M., & Christian, H. E. (2014). How can we motivate owners to walk their dogs more? Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research9(6), e6-e7.

Christian, H. E., Westgarth, C., Bauman, A., Richards, E. A., Rhodes, R., Evenson, K. R., & Thorpe, R. J. (2013). Dog ownership and physical activity: a review of the evidence. J Phys Act Health10(5), 750-759.

Westgarth, C., Boddy, L. M., Stratton, G., German, A. J., Gaskell, R. M., Coyne, K. P., & Dawson, S. (2013). A cross-sectional study of frequency and factors associated with dog walking in 9–10 year old children in Liverpool, UKBMC public health13(1), 822.

Morrison, R., Reilly, J. J., Penpraze, V., Westgarth, C., Ward, D. S., Mutrie, N., & Yam, P. S. (2013). Children, parents and pets exercising together (CPET): exploratory randomised controlled trialBMC public health13(1), 1096.

Christian, H., Giles-Corti, B., & Knuiman, M. (2010). “I’m Just a’‐Walking the Dog” Correlates of Regular Dog WalkingFamily & community health33(1), 44-52.

For more publications, please see the researcher’s university profiles below.

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Hayley Christian: University of Western Australia profile

Carri Westgarth: University of Liverpool (UK) profile

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Zoobiquity: connecting the health of humans and animals

Have we forgotten that people are animals too?

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in the United States.

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, author of Zoobiquity
Barbara Natterson-Horowitz

In addition to patient care, she is actively involved with medical education and research.

Kathryn Bowers is a Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C and an experienced journalist, editor, writer, producer and teacher of writing at UCLA.

In 2012, they co-authored the New York Times bestselling book, Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health.

In this episode we talk about how they entered this field of one health, and what they researched to connect the physical and mental health of humans and animals.

Kathryn Bowers
Kathryn Bowers

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Zoobiquity, by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz
Zoobiquity, by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz

Horowitz, B. N., & Bowers, K. (2012). Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us about Being Human. Random House.

Currier, R. W., & Steele, J. H. (2011). One Health—One Medicine: unifying human and animal medicine within an evolutionary paradigm. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1230(1), 4-11.

Video – What veterinarians know that physicians don’t

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz at TEDMED 2014

Links

Zoobiquity website: zoobiquity.com

Zoobiquity Facebook

Zoobiquity Twitter

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Evolutionary Medicine Program at UCLA


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