Officials promoting health program

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

The American Heart Association and the Osage Casino are celebrating the “Dog Days of Summer” by finding ways to incorporate physical activity into everyday life.

One idea: walk the dog.

In a study of more than 5,200 adults, dog owners have higher overall levels of moderate and vigorous physical activity than other people. In fact, dog owners are 54 percent more likely to get the recommended 30 minutes a day of physical activity.

Toni McGee, Director of the Go Red For Women program, works to raise awareness that women too can die of heart disease. She reports that according to an AHA study, less than one percent of Americans meet the criteria for ideal cardiovascular health. “The American Heart Association wants to help people to make lifestyle changes that will increase their heart health. Studies show that life expectancy may increase by two hours for every hour of walking, which is a great return for your time.”

As sponsors of the Go Red For Women program, the Osage Casino Wellness Specialist, Kristie Phillips, is actively seeking ways to get employees involved in creating a healthy lifestyle for themselves and their families. The employees are encouraged to lead the way in their own communities by engaging in additional physical activity this summer.

Almost 40 percent of American households own at least one dog, so if you are a dog owner, please join the Osage Casino in celebrating the ‘Dog Days of Summer’ by walking your dog. It’s good for your heart!

To get involved in the Go Red For Women movement, contact Go Red For Women Director Toni McGee at