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’Canes Care for ’Canes Resource Fair Showcases Special Services Created Just for Students

’Canes Care for ’Canes Resource Fair Showcases Special Services Created Just for Students

By Robert C. Jones
UM News

Resource Fair

Hundreds of students thronged to UM’s Whitten University Center on Wednesday for the first ’Canes Care for ’Canes Resource Fair, where organizations such as UM Police, the Counseling Center, and Pier 21 distributed information on the services they offer.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 29, 2014) – Hayley McPhedran showed up at the University of Miami’s Whitten University Center in search of career information. She quickly found what she was looking for at a table staffed by student ambassadors from UM’s Toppel Career Center, learning about an employment expo that will be held on campus later this semester.

“I’m planning to become a physician assistant, a field where there’s not a lot of shadowing opportunities,” said McPhedran, who graduates from UM in May with a psychology degree. “Perhaps there’ll be an opportunity I’ll learn about at the expo.’’ Continue Reading

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’Canes Care for ’Canes

’Canes Care for ’Canes

From left, sophomore Danielle Landau, Dean of Students Ricardo Hall, freshman Emad Mohammed, and Sebastian the Ibis at the 'Canes Care for ’Canes event.

Danielle Landau and Emad Mohammed had never met each other during their time as University of Miami students. But on Tuesday they came face to face for the first time, standing behind a podium on the University Center Rock with Dean of Students Ricardo Hall, who had summoned the two out of a crowd of students to prove a point.

“Danielle is jogging on the periphery of campus,” Hall said to Mohammed. “She falls, twists her ankle, and is writhing in pain. What do you do, Emad?”

The freshman biology major wasted little time in responding, “I’d help her up.”

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Step by Step, Walking ‘Canes Get into Shape

Step by Step, Walking ‘Canes Get into Shape


From left are Marta Pina, Pamela Capman, Carmen Ortega, Ana Martha Ayala, Juniette Fiore, Kris Roth, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, Isabel Felipe, Elisa Arguelles, Ana Rojas, Lizbeth Castellano, and Peng Zhang.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 4, 2016) – The top 11 of the more than 1,300 University of Miami employees who registered for Walking ’Canes this year to quantify and increase their daily physical activity, namely walking, were recognized for their success Thursday at a breakfast hosted by Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., dean of the Miller School of Medicine.

Supported by the Department of Wellness and Recreation, Walking ’Canes is a 12-week program open to all University of Miami employees who use pedometers to track the number of steps they take take each day, earning points for reaching their weekly step goal and bonus points for weight loss. At the breakfast, several of the top point-winners shared the secrets to their success. Lizbeth Castellano, the conference coordinator for the Miller School’s Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, said she gave up her car on the weekends.

“I did all my errands on foot,” Castellano said. “I saved gas, spent less money because I only bought what I could carry, and I lost an average of 1.3 pounds a week.”

This year’s top winner, Isabel Felipe, senior administrative assistant in the Miller School’s Department of Medicine, said she was motivated to participate by her health. “My doctor told me that if I didn’t lose weight, I was at risk for developing diabetes. That got my attention. By the end of the program, I lost 13 percent of my body weight and I feel great!”

“Healthy employees are productive employees,” said Tony Musto, director of fitness programs at the Patti and Herbert Wellness Center and UHealth Fitness & Wellness Center. “Offering employee wellness programs like Walking ’Canes shows employees that the University genuinely cares about their health and well-being.”

Including Castellano and Felipe, the top participants, who represented a variety of University departments from both the Coral Gables and Miller School campuses, are:

  • Elisa Arguelles, surgical oncology fellowship coordinator, Department of Surgery
  • Ana Martha Ayala, director, College of Engineering
  • Pamela Capman, training specialist, Office of Research Administration
  • Lizbeth Castellano, conference coordinator, Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology
  • Isabel Felipe, senior administrative assistant, Department of Medicine
  • Juniette Fiore, communications specialist, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Carmen Ortega, secretary, Department of Psychology
  • Marta Pina, administrative assistant, Radiation Control Center
  • Ana Rojas, manager, Imaging Core for Research and Training
  • Kris Roth, grant accountant, Office of Research Administration
  • Peng Zhang, postdoctoral associate, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

As Musto noted, “Walking ’Canes is popular because of its simple approach to increasing daily physical activity. Since time is often the greatest barrier to exercise, the idea behind Walking ’Canes is for participants to increase their healthy lifestyle activities—the things they do every day—without the need to go to a gym.”

Prizes this year included airline tickets courtesy of the UM’s Business Services and tickets to an event at the BankUnited Center, courtesy of Global Spectrum. BUC tickets were raffled off to Zhang and Rojas. For being the top two point earners, Felipe and Pina were awarded a roundtrip airline ticket.

More information about Walking ’Canes is available online at www.miami.edu/walkingcanes.


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Limited Spots Remain in Herbert Wellness Center’s Award-Winning Mini ’Canes Camp ​

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 13, 2016)—Mini Canes Recreational Sports Camp at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center is still accepting campers for a limited number of available spots. Mini ’Canes Camp is open to children aged 6-12, and spaces are available in all four sessions and all age groups with the exception of 7 year olds. Registration is now open to both the University of Miami and the local Coral Gables communities.

Mini Canes ’Camp runs for four, two-week sessions beginning Monday, June 13. Parents have the option to sign their children up for any combination of sessions, depending on availability. Camp drop-off begins at 8:45 a.m. Before- and after-care are available for additional fees.
Camp Session Dates
• Session 1: June 13 – 24
• Session 2: June 27 – July 8 (Closed Monday, July 4)
• Session 3: July 11 – 22
• Session 4: July 25 – August 5
Mini ’Canes Camp divides campers into age groups for participation in a variety of activities focusing on sports, health, and wellness. Depending on the session, basketball, kickball, flag football, soccer, and softball are among the sports offered.
“In addition to sports, campers engage in a variety of educationally focused activities each day, including wellness education, arts and crafts, cooking lessons, special events, and daily swim lessons,” said Tom Soria, director of Mini ’Canes Camp. “Not only will campers have fun this summer, they will also learn how to live a lifestyle with health, fitness, and safety in mind.”
At the end of every two-week session, camp culminates with an extravaganza performed by the campers. Parents, family, and friends are invited to watch as their children sing, dance, and act in a special themed show.
To expedite registration, visit www.miami.edu/wellness/camp to download and complete the necessary enrollment packet before registering. Camper enrollment packets must be delivered in person to the Mini ’Canes office on the second floor of the Herbert Wellness Center. Please be prepared to present your ’Cane Card and C number (or UM Alumni Association card) upon registration. Incomplete registration materials will not be accepted. For complete registration procedures, click here.

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Learn to Save Lives at the Herbert Wellness Center’s Emergency Care Courses

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 16, 2016) — Registration is now open for the final set of emergency care courses—Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers, First Aid Certification, and CPR & AED Certificationoffered by the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center this semester.

“Our emergency care courses enhance participants’ emergency response skills,” said Ashley Falcon, assistant director of wellness at the Herbert Wellness Center. “As more ’Canes become certified, our campus becomes safer.”

Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers

Are you working toward being a health care provider such as EMS personnel, physician assistant, doctor, dentist, nurse, or respiratory therapist who must have a credential documenting successful completion of a CPR course? The next Basic Life Support (BSL) for Health Care Providers (HCP) is on Friday, March 25 at 6 p.m. The course will cover adult and pediatric CPR and will include two rescuer scenarios and training on the use of the bag mask. Also covered are foreign-body airway obstruction and AED.

First Aid Certification

If you are ready to learn how to respond to common first aid emergencies, including burns, cuts, and head, neck, and back injuries, sign up for the next First Aid Certification course on Saturday, March 26 at 1:30 p.m. This American Red Cross course teaches you how to manage illnesses and injuries in the first few minutes before professional help arrives.

CPR & AED Certification

Learn how to respond to cardiac breathing emergencies in adults and children, including how to use automated external defibrillators (AED), at the next CPR and AED Certification course on Friday, April 1 at 6 p.m. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a two-year certification from the American Red Cross.

All classes take place in Herbert Wellness Center classrooms. For more information on the emergency care courses, visit the sales office, call 305-284-5433 or email wellnesscenter@miami.edu. The last First Aid Certification course for the spring semester is on Friday, April 8, and the final two BSL for HCP courses are on Saturday, April 2 and Friday, April 15.


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