Miami Hurricanes Celebrate Food Day in a Big Way

Raj Patel

Raj Patel

University events call attention to food access issues in Miami and celebrate national movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food

 CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 11, 2017)—University of Miami students, faculty, staff and Miami residents will observe  Food Day—the nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, sustainably produced food and the grassroots campaign for better food policies—on Tuesday, October 24, with a keynote talk by award winning writer, activist, and academic Raj Patel and a Fair Food Fair on Wednesday, October 25 at the UC Whitten Lower Lounge.

Patel, research professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin and a senior research associate at the Unit for the Humanities at the university currently known as Rhodes University (UHURU) in South Africa, will discuss “The World that Food Made” in Shoma Hall at 6 p.m. By linking food security to equality and environmental sustainability, he will show how his work in Malawi can help us gain better insight into the food system here in the U.S.

The following day, the Coral Gables campus will be buzzing with student and community organizations, as well as local food vendors. From early morning to late afternoon, students, faculty, and Miami residents can taste and purchase locally grown treats at the Farmer’s Market and learn about local food issues at the Fair Food Fair at the UC Whitten Lower Lounge from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come enjoy a free smoothie, crepes, vegan recipes, learn about healthy eating, urban farming, community gardens, and get involved with the Miami Dade Real Food network.

Organized by the Office of Civic and Community Engagement, in partnership with the Butler Center for Service and Leadership, the Office of Sustainability–Green U, and the Student Government ECO Agency, UM’s Food Day celebration is among thousands of events in all 50 states aimed at promoting healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food. All year round, Food Day is devoted to mobilizing support for policies that advance healthier diets, promote sustainable and organic agriculture, reduce hunger, reform factory farms, and support fair working conditions for food and farm workers.

“We’re happy that this event has become an important sustainability tradition here at UM,” says Scot Evans, the acting director of UM’s office of Civic and Community Engagement. “The need to confront issues of food insecurity and to develop sustainable food systems in our community is critical. We are excited to work with student organizations and local community partners to raise awareness and promote solutions for South Florida.”



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HealthyCampus Week Returns October 16-20

Healthier.PartnershipCORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 9, 2017) – Healthy Campus Week returns to the University of Miami October 16-20 when the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center, in collaboration with the Partnership for a Healthier America Healthier Campus Initiative, will present a variety of special events and activities free to the UM community.

Beginning on Monday, October 16, get ready to challenge yourself with the Fitness Challenge. Think you can out-sweat the competition? Join the challenge to prove it! Check in at the Fitness Desk for more information.

Also on Monday, start the week off on the right foot with Cycling in the Atrium at 6:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 5:30 p.m., or 7:15 p.m.

Be the Best U on Tuesday, October 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Wellness Center Atrium, where there will be complimentary fitness testing, blood pressure screenings, and giveaways.

Bring your own mat (B.Y.O.M.) to UM’s Largest Yoga Class at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18 in Centre Court. This yoga class is free and open to the UM community. Enter the raffle for the chance to win a Manduka yoga mat.

Stop by Thursday, October 19, to meet all the UM campus partners involved in making the healthy choice the easy choice at the Healthy ‘Cane Network Wellness Fair from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Herbert Wellness Center Atrium.

Finish the week with relaxing chair massages on Friday, October 20 from 3–6 p.m. in the Herbert Wellness Center Atrium. In addition, Fitness Challenge winners will be announced on Friday. Winners will also receive Manduka yoga mats.

The Partnership for a Healthier America works with the private sector to ensure the health of the nation’s youth and end childhood obesity. By brokering commitments with colleges and universities, the Healthier Campus Initiative helps campuses adopt guidelines around food and nutrition, physical activity and programming.

“This is the fourth year of UM’s collaboration with Partnership for a Healthier America and the University has made great strides to make our campus a healthier one,” said Scott Levin, executive director of the Herbert Wellness Center. “From providing healthier food and beverage services at on-campus dining venues to encouraging physical activity and movement through facilities and programs on campus, every UM partner is committed to helping students, faculty, and staff make healthier choices that will ensure their personal and professional success.”

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UM Forum on Religion and Public Life: Why Remember Martin Luther?

Martin LutherOn this 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation (symbolized by Martin Luther posting his 95 Theses on October 31, 1517), the annual UM Forum on Religion and Public Life will feature a talk by Marquette University’s Mickey Mattox at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 23 at the Whitten Learning Center, room 110. A well-known scholar of Luther and the Reformation, Mattox will address the topic  “Why Remember Martin Luther?”

To register, please visit http://as.miami.edu/ReligiousStudiesForum.


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Faculty Research Mentors Needed

Are you a University of Miami faculty researcher working in a laboratory or on a great project? If so, please consider serving as a faculty research mentor. More and more UM undergraduates are seeking research positions year-round. These students come from all majors and disciplines and can conduct research as volunteers or for credit. If you are interested in mentoring, please email the Office of Undergraduate Research and Community Outreach at ugrinfo@miami.edu or call 305-284-5058.


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Fall Graduate Faculty Meeting on November 8

The Fall Graduate Faculty Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 8, at 3 p.m. in the School of Nursing and Health Studies, room 428, on the Coral Gables campus. Contact Maria Torres at mtorres@miami.edu or 305-284-4154 for more infomation.

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