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Stressed out? Come de-stress and forget about your worries at Boynton Health Service! Weekly PAWS sessions feature registered therapy animal teams—including dogs, Woodstock the chicken, and other animals—that you are welcome to interact with and pet. Sessions are FREE and open to the public.
WHAT: PAWS Program
WHEN: Wednesdays, 3–5 p.m. (see dates below)
WHERE: Boynton Health Service: Roen Room (1st floor room W120)
The PAWS initiative is a joint collaboration with the University's Animal-Assisted Interactions (AAI) program at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
The goal of this pilot project is to provide an additional stress-reducing outlet for the University community. Animal interactions have been demonstrated to positively affect blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormone levels in humans.
Focused on well-being, AAI teams are volunteer handlers who are specially trained and evaluated, along with their animal partners.
More details about the PAWS program and media contact information is available in this Media Advisory from UMNews.
The video above is from the Minnesota Daily.