By Dylan Valic
On Monday, Dec. 2, the Center for Healthy Living will be hosting its annual Pet Therapy program. Students will have the opportunity to destress by playing with dogs on the second floor of Hillwood Commons during common hour.
Pet therapy can help reduce stress, anxiety and depression, as well as improve self-esteem and social skills, according to the Center for Healthy Living. With finals quickly approaching pet therapy can be a much needed escape from the usual college workload.
The Center of Healthy Living has been working together with Bidawee, an organization that runs several animal adoption centers in New York, to bring therapy dogs to campus for the past five years.
The annual event has always been held during finals week for the fall semester. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from students, the Center for Healthy Living hopes to host the event again during the spring semester.
Cindy Woldar, the associate director for the Center of Healthy Living, says that they are “always trying to come up with new ways to provide support for our students,” which lead to the creation of this event.