Therapy Fluffies Help During Finals

Images of therapy dogs helping students make it through the toughest week of the year.

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Images of therapy dogs helping students make it through the toughest week of the year.
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The event was held at the Price Center on the campus of University of California San Diego.
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Close to two thousand students stopped in to relax, pet a dog and get their minds off the upcoming exams.
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The event, proven to be very popular when it debuted last year, is arranged by the campus to remind students of the dangers of “stressing out.”
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The stars at this midday party were Izzy and Mocha and the dozens of other therapy dogs on loan to the UC San Diego’s LiveWell program for their “Therapy Fluffies” event.
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The simple act of petting a dog gives students a way to connect and get through what can be a difficult time.
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“Stress for students is the number one health impediment to academic success,” said Jerry Phelps, Ph D, Director of Wellness Initiatives for UC Student Wellness.
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It’s been clinically proven that petting therapy dogs can reduce your blood pressure, reduce heart rate and calm you down, according to Phelps.
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The therapy dogs are specially trained and tour area hospitals and other institutions. UCSD worked with volunteers to provide the service to students for free. While they have the students’ attention, they also distribute brochures and other information to remind them to maintain healthy lifestyles.
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“It allows the students to connect with another living being,” said Phelps. “A lot of students actually don’t have someone that they can touch. The physical touch actually reduces the stress.”
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