While we were at BlogPaws last weekend we had the opportunity to learn more about HABRI -- the Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative.
One of the cool things that HABRI is doing is awarding research grants to study how the human-animal bond benefits people. They recently announced their first five grants -- totaling $250,000 -- that include studies about using animals to help autistic children and improving human heart health through dog walking.
HABRI has also launched HabriCentral.org, an online hub and great resource for human-animal bond research. Check it out when you have the chance. There are more than 20,000 entries including journal articles, books, white papers, videos and more about the relationships between humans and animals.
For their keynote session at BlogPaws, the folks at HABRI brought in Dr. Kate Hodgson, DVM, MHsSs, CCMEP, who spoke about the One Health initiative and the impact of pets on human health.
|Dr. Hodgson at BlogPaws|
The One Health initiative is dedicated to improving the lives of humans and animals through the integration of human and veterinary medicine.
In her presentation, Dr. Hodgson talked about One Health and why she developed the term Zooeyia, which derives from the Greek root words for animal (zoion) and health (Hygeia was the ancient Greek goddess of health). Dr. Hodgson explained how she needed a new"scientific" sounding term for the idea of the human-animal bond so that physicians would take her work seriously. Zooeyia is about the positive impact of companion animals on human health.
Some topics Dr. Hodgson covered included:
Pets can be catalysts for harm reduction, like helping people to stop smoking.
- When you tell pet owners about the dangers of second-hand smoke to their pets, it's an incredible catalyst to help them stop smoking
Pets can be motivators for healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors
- Pets can help SUSTAIN physical activity, INITIATE exercise and add enjoyment to exercise.
Pets can be a therapeutic intervention to help manage stress, anxiety and depression
- Pets provide emotional well-being and decrease feelings of isolation.
You can watch this entire keynote session here, starting with the introduction by Steven Feldman, Executive Director of the Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative, and Dr. Hodgson's complete presentation about Zooeyia and the health benefits of pets in the family. Dr. Hodgson's presentation begins at the 19:00 mark.
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