Health and Lifestyle

Well ’Canes Yoga Wednesdays on the Marine Campus

Strengthen your body and relax your mind with a 45-minute yoga session on the beach on Wednesday, September 3, from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science campus. Well ’Canes Yoga Wednesdays, which are free sessions sponsored by University of Miami Human Resources and the Wellness Centers, are offered exclusively for UM faculty, staff, and students.

For more information on this or other benefits, contact HR-Benefits by calling 305-284-3004 or completing the online inquiry form.


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

The fall edition of Mind and Matter offers valuable information on maintaining balance in the face of unexpected workplace changes, as well as tips on mindful driving. 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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Mindful Living

This seminar, presented by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP), is offered monthly to explore the basic tenets of mindfulness, review the significance of mindful living, and guide participants through a mindfulness practice. Being mindful increases engagement with the present moment and allows for a clearer understanding of how thoughts and emotions impact our health and the quality of our lives. Attend to awaken your innate capacity for mindful living and nurture a practice to positively inspire every facet of your life. This seminar will be facilitated by a UM FSAP consultant.

Miller School campus: Wednesday, September 3, 12-1 p.m., Dominion Tower, room 301C

Coral Gables campus: Thursday, September 4, 12-1 p.m., McKnight Building, 2nd-floor Training Room

RSMAS campus: Friday, September 5, 12-1 p.m., Library, Media Room

FSAP Health and Wellness seminars are offered as part of the University of Miami’s Well ‘Canes Program. To register, go to ULearn. For help with ULearn registration, or to receive email announcements of upcoming seminars, please call the FSAP at 305-284-6604.

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Well ’Canes End of Summer Steps Challenge Begins August 25

How would you like to earn 100 points toward your Well ’Canes incentives goal? Register today and begin participating in the Well ’Canes End of Summer Steps Challenge from August 25 to September 8. This challenge will encourage you to get more active by asking you to complete a daily step log with a goal of 5,000 steps per day (70,000 total over two weeks) and read literature to expand your health and wellness knowledge. Registration deadline is Thursday, August 25.

The 2014 Well ’Canes Wellness Incentive Program allows you to earn up to $300 by earning reward points for completing various preventive health care activities. Learn more and register at miami.edu/wellcanes.

If you have questions about the 2014 Well ’Canes Incentives Program, call HR-Benefits at 305-284-3004 or complete the online inquiry form at miami.edu/benefits/ask.



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Not for Students Only: UM Employees Can Play Club Sports, Too

Fencing is a popular club sport among faculty and staff.

En garde: Fencing is a popular club sport among faculty and staff.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (August 6, 2014)—The Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center sponsors 46 competitive and/or recreational club sports for UM students looking to continue playing sports they may have played in high school. But did you know that these club sports are also open to UM faculty and staff who are members of the Herbert and UHealth Fitness and Wellness centers?

The Club Sports program at UM is comprised of sports ranging from martial arts to dance and from competitive sports like badminton and racquetball to recreational activities such as SCUBA and rock climbing. Club sports are student-led, student-run organizations that function much like other student organizations on campus.

“Club sports present a unique opportunity for faculty and staff,” said Connie Nickel, assistant director of recreational sports at the Herbert Wellness Center and advisor to many club sport teams. “Not only are they a great way to learn a new sport and stay in shape, but they also provide a way for UM employees to connect with students and with the University.”

The sports that are most popular with faculty and staff are:

  • Aikido
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom Dance
  • Fencing
  • Karate
  • Racquetball
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tai Chi
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Water polo

Sports that are more competitive in nature take students across the state of Florida or even across the country to compete against other schools’ club programs. Although faculty and staff are not allowed to compete in these types of events, those with membership to the Herbert Wellness Center or UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center are able to join many of UM’s club teams.

Most clubs have dues ranging from $10 to $80 per year, but some clubs have no dues at all. Visit the Herbert Wellness Center’s Club Sports page on their website or contact Nickel at cnickel@miami.edu for more information about each sport and for sport-specific contact information.



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