Wellness Wednesday at the Rec IM

Almost one hundred and ninety Eastern Michigan University students kicked off their new year in the right direction at the Wellness Health Fair held at the Rec IM on Wednesday, January 11th.

Eric Ward, event coordinator and Wellness Center program coordinator, put on this event to “Help connect our students with some of the valuable campus departments, student organizations, and external groups who can assist them with their wellness journey.”

The fair included the EMU Ballroom Club/Swing Society, Title IX representatives, Campus Life, free flu shots, Stop the Stigma, PEGN courses, University Advising & Career Development, meditation booth and the Rec IM.

Multiple therapy dogs were stationed at the fair to help relieve stress of college students. Dogs like Ruby and Joey visit VA hospitals, emergency rooms and schools.

Maggie, an eight-year old papillon dog, has been a therapy dog since six-months old. She has provided a form of therapy to members of a retirement facility for most of her life.

Sandy, Maggie’s owner says “My favorite part of having a therapy dog is coming out and letting her do this. It’s a real treat for both of us.”

Therapy dogs will be back at Wellness Woof events held throughout the semester. Visit the fifth floor of the Rec IM on the following dates to spend time with the therapeutic dogs: February 14th, March 15th and April 4th.

“For me, I loved working on a program which I know benefited students; some may have found the dogs destressing, others received a free flu shot, and others were able to see the Rec/IM in a different light (not just weights and fitness classes).” Ward found the event valuable for himself and recognized the worth for students.

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