Almost two-thirds of households in the U.S. have a pet. Pet owners know that Fluffy and Fido can provide love, companionship and entertainment. But studies have shown that animals may help extend our lives.
According to an American Heart Association scientific statement, pets have been linked to a reduction in cardiovascular disease and hypertension. Those with dogs have increased opportunities to get outside, exercise and socialize; cat owners enjoy reduced stress levels and boosted immune systems. That’s why Amica is excited to partner with the American Heart Association for Best Friend Fridays, celebrating the bond between pets and their owners.
Pet ownership increased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 23 million households adding a new furry friend. Over 90% of pet adopters say their “pandemic pet” improved their mental health, physical well-being or both. Amica is committed to providing employees with programs and resources to help them live healthier lives, and was recognized with an Exemplary Worksite Health Award by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce for prioritizing employees’ physical and emotional well-being, especially during the pandemic.
Shiela Companie, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Amica Life Insurance Company and the Co-Chair of the Southern New England Go Red for Women® movement, was excited to highlight the important role pets play in the lives of employees through this Heart Association initiative. Said Shiela, “I am proud of the Association’s work to give hope, healing and more time with loved ones while protecting those hearts that are more vulnerable than ever before.”
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