Community benefits from wag therapy

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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Some of you may choose retail therapy when you need to relax, but wag therapy is another great option that helps in a number of ways.

CHI Health Good Samaritan officials hosted a wag therapy event in the lobby of the hospital.

Officials said petting a dog will lower depression and anxiety.

The event is another way CHI Health is committed to keeping people healthy and bringing a smile to faces.

Typically the hospital provides wag therapy to patients throughout the a week, but this is the first time they are extending the love to community by having the furry volunteers in the lobby greeting people.

"Giving back to the community is what we as volunteers do anyway and what we really wanted people to know is you don't have to be sick to get the benefits out of pet therapy," Kimberly Williams, the coordinator of animal assistant therapy at CHI Health Good Samaritan, said.

Hospital staff adds researchers found that petting your own dog could help reduce your blood pressure.

Officials said they are hoping to have another Wag Therapy event at the hospital for everyone in the community to enjoy pretty soon.

If you are interested in learning more about wag therapy, please contact Good Samaritan's volunteer services for more information.