Step in Time and Get Active at the Herbert Wellness Center

Complete with a pair of new dance classes, group fitness classes are available for members and non-members 

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 14, 2015) – The Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center added two new ballet dance classes to its full lineup of group fitness classes open to members and non-members. The ballet classes offer something for dancers of all skill levels—from the beginner to the more experienced—and, like all group fitness classes, come with a free trial period.

“Our introductory ballet class gives new dancers an opportunity to learn proper techniques or serves as a refresher course for those who might not have danced in a while,” said Michelle Kasparian, assistant director of group exercise and community classes. “Our lyrical class is a bit more advanced, so it will allow participants to expand their skill set and possibly learn a new style of dance.”

In addition to the new ballet classes, the Herbert Wellness Center offers a variety of belly dance classes suitable for all skill levels.

“Dance classes are an excellent way to add variety to your workout routine,” Kasparian adds. “In addition to many health benefits, these classes give participants the opportunity to pursue something they might not otherwise get to try. They are also a great way to interact with colleagues from across the University in a social setting.”

Registration is now open for dance and other group fitness classes that are available to members and non-members. In addition to dance classes, tennis, martial arts, and adult aquatics are  offered. A full listing of class offerings is available at miami.edu/wellness.

So that participants have an opportunity to try these classes before making a commitment to fully enroll, the Herbert Wellness Center offers the first session of each class for free to both members and non-members. The free trial period begins on Saturday, January 24 and ends on Friday, January 30.

To register for these classes or for more information, contact the Herbert Wellness Center sales office at wellnesscenter@miami.edu or 305-284-5433. Online registration is also available via miami.edu/wellness.

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Mind and Matter, FSAP’s Spring Edition eNewsletter, Now Available

The spring edition of Mind and Matter offers valuable information on overcoming procrastination with self-compassion and the mental health benefits of exercise. Mind and Matter is the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program’s quarterly newsletter and features articles on health and well-being, helpful tips on maintaining work-life balance, and other valuable resources such as free wellness seminars for faculty and staff. If you are interested in receiving the newsletter or seminar announcements via email, please visit the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program website or contact Caliope Bootle at cbootle@miami.edu.



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Weight Watchers at Work New Year Sessions Begin This Week

A new 12-week Weight Watchers at Work will begin this month. The first session at the Miller School of Medicine will take place on Wednesday, January 14, with meetings held every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Clinical Research Building, room 975. The first session on the Coral Gables campus will take place Thursday, January 15, with meetings held every Thursday at 12 p.m. at Gables One Tower in the sixth-floor conference room.

As part of Well ’Canes, this taxable employee benefit provides first-time attendees with 100 percent reimbursement for complete attendance and continuing participants with 50 percent reimbursement for complete attendance. The cost of the program is $165 for new members and $155 for continuing and lifetime members.

The cornerstone of the Weight Watchers program is nutrition, coupled with exercise advice and a very effective behavior modification program, which leads to new eating-management skills, safe weight loss, and the ultimate goal of maintenance. For more information, click here or email sheri.lee@miami.edu.




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Start Your Year Right with Well ’Canes

The Well ’Canes Incentives Program has added new ways to make earning your $300 incentive even easier in 2015. In addition to all the existing program activities, you can now earn points by getting a flu shot, receiving a skin cancer screening, attending a personal retirement planning session or a free Faculty and Staff Assistance Program seminar, participating in the Team UM Dolphins Cycling Challenge, and more. Earn your first 500 points of the year by completing Walking ’Canes. Registration for Walking ’Canes runs January 12-16. This 12-week program, aimed at improving your physical fitness by increasing your daily activity, is offered by the Department of Wellness and Recreation at the beginning of each calendar year and is open to all UM faculty and staff.

The  Well ’Canes Incentives Program is offered by HR-Benefits and is open to all faculty and staff enrolled as primary policy holders in the UM/Aetna medical plan. Participants may register for the incentives program at any time. Visit miami.edu/wellcanes to learn more and to register. For more information about Walking ’Canes please click here or call 305-284-LIFE (5433).


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Staff Performance Appraisal Period Now Open

The University of Miami’s Staff Performance Review period is now open for all campuses, including the University of Miami Hospital. Annual staff performance reviews provide supervisors with the ideal opportunity to set SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, timely), developmental, and training goals, clarify job responsibilities, and review performance standards and expectations. It is also important to remember that performance should relate directly to merit increase planning. As you begin the performance review process, please remember to reflect fully on the 2014 calendar year, focusing on key competencies and career objectives, while making note of strengths and opportunities. View key dates and reminders here.





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