When they wheeled a wagon of puppies into our newsroom Tuesday, we saw firsthand what these furry friends can do for our wellness.

On the outside, we heard a lot of “awwws,” but on the inside, anxiety and stress were decreasing as energy was increasing.

That’s the goal for Paws 4 Productivity, which aims to help companies increase employee wellness, morale, and productivity. The organization takes rescue puppies and dogs on field trips for a doggy wellness break to help melt away employee stress.

According to UCHealth, researchers across the world are finding out that dogs can help cardiovascular health in many ways:

- Dog owners walk an average 23 minutes more each day.

- Walking your dog can add up to 2,760 steps to your day. That’s more than one quarter of the way toward the recommended 10,000 daily steps.

- Dogs help with anxiety and depression. Researchers believe dogs act as a source of affection that reduces feelings of loneliness or judgment.

- Research has shown that petting a dog for five minutes can lower blood pressure.

- Dogs can reduce your risk of heart attack by eleven percent.

- Dogs can lower your risk of hypertension.

The main takeaway here is dog owners are 36 percent less likely to develop heart disease.

If you’re looking for a way to release some of that stress, or just need an excuse to play with some puppies, UCHealth and Paws 4 Productivity are having two events this week.

On Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., they’ll bring puppies to Thrive Workplace in Cherry Creek to help reduce stress in the office and spread awareness of how dogs can improve your heart health.

The puppies will be at Atherial Fitness in Denver on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. for a dog yoga event. Participants can learn a new mindful way to spend time with their dogs while learning why dogs are your heart’s best friend.

Coloradans can learn more about UCHealth's heart health campaign and events by checking out:

www.yourheartsbestfriend.com

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