The Weekly Weigh-In: Your Pooch is Good For You

Plus, your blood pressure is probably higher than it should be, a gender gap in CPR, E. coli in Westerly and more in health and wellness.

Dog owners, rejoice: your pooch may actually be good for your health. A major scientific study uncovered a link between dog ownership and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, especially in single households. While there is no concrete proof that your pup improves your heart health, dogs could alleviate loneliness, depression and get you to spend more time outdoors engaging in physical activity. [USA TODAY]

New guidelines set by the American Heart Association set a lower threshold for high blood pressure, resulting in half of U.S. adults being plagued by the condition. [Providence Journal]

A life and death situation? Not the time to be squeamish. A new study found that women are less likely than men to get CPR from a bystander and more likely to die. CPR training may need some improving, according to findings that examine the gender issue. [ABC NEWS]

Health officials are telling Westerly residents to boil their water until further notice for at least one minute, if used for human consumption, after the discovery of E. Coli bacteria in the public water supply. [Rhode Island Public Radio]

Tomorrow is the big day: Thanksgiving a.k.a turkey day a.k.a day of eating more food than you should. Post stuffing-your-face day, make one of these homemade digestive tonics to help ease the bloat and give your stomach a little love as it, uh, ‘processes’ your third helping. [Healthyish]

The results are in, and we need to do better: the World Economic Forum recently published the Global Gender Gap Report, which assesses gender equality progress in health, education, economic opportunity and more. The U.S. fell four spots from forty-fifth to forty-ninth since last year. Iceland topped the list for the ninth year in a row. [Well and Good]

On the Run: Health and wellness goings-on

Nov. 26: #OptOutside with the Barrington Land Conservation Trust on a special property that is only open by guided tours. Walk off those turkey calories from the week before and start anew with the Johannis Farm Wildlife Refuge #OptOutside. Water-resistant shoes are recommended as the trail can often be wet.

Dec. 1: Attend this drum circle at Breathing Time Yoga for a Shamanic Drumming Journey Group that will help restore balance within you and gain insight through shamanic practices. New to the experience? Arrive early to be given a brief introduction into the world of shamanic journeying.

Dec. 2: Make the most of the holiday season by spending time outdoors with your loved ones. The Scenic Decemberly Views Walk will allow you to take in the magic of nature while sipping on some hot cider and nibbling on holiday treats.

Dec. 2: Does the cold have you under the covers and watching too much Netflix? The PVD Winter Lights Market and Tree Lighting offers you a chance to get off of the couch and enjoy a wealth of activities, including skating, despite the colder weather.

Dec. 3: The Amica Downtown Jingle is a fun five-k for adults and children alike. Santa will pay a visit to the event for the kids with gifts and jingle bells will be distributed to all participants. Costumes and wacky attire encouraged.

Reporting Assistance by Grace Kelly

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