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Pet Away Worry & Stress this year on Wednesdays at Boynton Health Service’s East Bank Clinic (Roen Room, W120) and select Tuesdays across from Boynton’s St. Paul Clinic in Coffey Hall (Room 120).
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 domestic animals like cats and rabbits—that you are welcome to interact with and pet. Sessions are FREE and open to the public.
PAWS is a collaboration between Boynton Health Service and the Animal-Assisted Interactions (AAI) program of the University's Nature-Based Therapeutics Services (a joint initiative of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Center for Spirituality and Healing).
The goal of the program is to a 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.
When & Where: Wednesdays, 3–5 p.m., at Boynton Health Service’s East Bank Clinic in the Roen Room (1st floor, W120); select Tuesdays, 1–3 p.m., on the St. Paul Campus in Coffey Hall, Room 120. See dates below.
Where: Boynton Health Service East Bank Clinic (1st floor, Roen Room-W120)
When: Wednesdays, 3–5 p.m.
Where: St. Paul Campus, Coffey Hall (Room 120)
When: Tuesdays, 1–3 p.m.
Equine sessions at the Animal Arena facility on the St. Paul Campus – First session is September 18 from 1-3 p.m.
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.