May 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm , by Lauren Piro
Alison Sweeney spends a lot of time talking about healthy diet and weight loss (as host of The Biggest Loser and author of The Mommy Diet, it’s unavoidable!). But when her vet mentioned that her much-loved Boston terrier Winky was two pounds overweight, she balked.
“I thought, ‘Oh, great, she sounds fine,’ ” Sweeney says. “But then my vet made me realize that when your dog only weighs 20 pounds, two pounds is a lot. I really needed to take it seriously – our dogs count on us to be their owners and take charge.”
As America’s poster girl for healthy families, Sweeney certainly wasn’t going to leave her precious pooch in the lurch. By changing Winky’s diet and scheduling regular exercise, Sweeney was able to get Winky back to a healthy weight—and teach her six-year-old son Ben a few lessons to boot.
“I think Ben has learned a lot,” she says. “Most importantly, he’s seen that our responsibility as a pet owner is to take care of our pets. But also he saw firsthand the simplicity of healthy eating and exercise, and how that helps keep our bodies healthy. I have Ben note on the calendar the days we plan to take Winky for walks, and it’s become a big thing we can do as a family.”
And Sweeney’s not stopping at just her own family. Just last week she kicked off the Million Pound Pledge for pet food Hill’s Science Diet, a national campaign to help our chubby man’s best friends get healthier and (you guessed it) lose a million pounds. To take the pledge and jump-start your pet’s healthier lifestyle go to petfit.com, where you’ll also find a bunch of fun interactive tools to track and learn more about Fido’s weight loss, and—bonus—some pet food rebates.
“It’s a great time to get your pet healthy,” Sweeney says—and we agree!
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