Petting Away Stress – Animal-Assisted Therapy
For the week of December 8th, 2013
Feeling stressed? Then find the nearest friendly furry or feathery creature to pet! Research shows that stroking a pet can lower blood pressure and heart rate and relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression. This week on Access Minnesota, we’ll learn how University of Minnesota students are Petting Away Worries and Stress with the help of therapy animals, including Woodstock the chicken, who will join us in-studio. We’ll also hear how therapy animals are helping patients cope with a variety of mental disorders.