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It was with great pleasure that First National Bank of South Miami sponsored the First Annual Bark for Your Heart event that was held on Sunday, March 16th, benefiting the Florida Heart Research Institute. Everyone enjoyed a fun filled day with their four-legged family members as they strolled down Sunset Drive raising funds for heart disease! There were various food and vendor tables and contests and prizes!

Walking is heart healthy for both you and your dog. Research has shown that dog owners were more physically active than non-owners because they walk their pets. Other research has revealed the calming effects of pets. Research has shown that the loyalty and love pets display can reduce stress, anxiety, depression and loneliness in their owners and increase their sense of well-being and self-esteem. Research has also shown pets to reduce blood pressure.