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Help Your Pet Get Fit with Tips from Alison Sweeney

Written on May 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm , by

Alison with Winky

Alison with Winky

As the host of The Biggest Loser, Alison Sweeney’s life revolves around fitness. So when her vet told her that her pup Winky was overweight, she immediately took action. “My whole family’s health is important to me, so I knew I needed to do something,” Alison said.

According to a recent study, more than half of pet cats and dogs in the U.S. are overweight. The main culprits? Lack of exercise and overfeeding. To get Winky back on track, Alison and her son Ben scheduled walks and set up a diet. It only made perfect sense for her to team up with Hill’s Science Diet’s Million Pound Pledge, a national initiative to get pets fitter and lose a combined million pounds.

Here’s what you can do to jumpstart your buddy’s fitness:

  • Make walks or physical activity a priority. Put it on your schedule and find ways to make it fun and challenging so you can get a workout out of it, too.
  • Avoid letting your pet get scraps from your meals. It might only seem like tiny morsels, but your puppy snacking on “a cube of cheese would be the equivalent of us eating about two cheeseburgers,” says Alison.
Alison Sweeney at the Science Diet Million Pound Pledge launch

Photo by Donald Bowers/WireImage for Hill's Pet Nutrition

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