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Fighting lack of sunlight during winter with light therapy

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) - University of Nothern Iowa is helping students beat the winter blues, and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) by using light therapy.

Light therapy gives users the ability to fight the lack of sunlight during the winter months. Lack of Vitamin D from the sun can result in seasonal affective disorder or the winter blues.

HOW IT WORKS During light therapy the user will sit and work near a device that projects a bring light, imitating the affects of sunlight.

The student wellness staff always takes walk-ins and they say light therapy is a common form of therapy during the winter months.

Anna Rogers, UNI Wellness Graduate Assistant, uses light therapy throughout her work day.

"We recommend you use a 20-30 minute session in direct light, so sometimes people will color while they are using a therapy lamp," says Rogers. "I have it in the office right now so I use it as I answer emails or do various office tasks."

Rogers says light therapy is just one aspect how the university is helping students. Every Wednesday at the Rod Library is Wellness Wednesdays where multiple exercises and staff help students De-Stress.

Vinny Lowerre

Producer & Multimedia Journalist

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