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.
Guests: Tanya Bailey, Animal Assisted Interaction Program Specialist with the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota in collaboration with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum; Dr. Gary Christenson, Chief Medical Officer of Boynton Health Service
Issues: How animals can be used to relieve stress; Dealing with skeptics of the effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy; How animals and staff are trained