Health and Lifestyle

Find Your Best U During the Week of Well-Being April 3-7

WOW-Web-Home-SmallTake care of your body, mind, and spirit to find your best U during the University of Miami’s fifth annual Week of Well-Being. From April 3-7, faculty, staff, and students on all three campuses are invited to transform the way they think about psychological health through a number of exciting events, including Wellness Fairs featuring free massages, samples from local health food vendors, and giveaways from various booths.

Other featured events of the week include The Laughing Guide to Well-Being, a presentation on how humor and science can make you happier and healthier, hosted by Isaac Prilleltensky, dean of the School of Education and Human Development (registration required); a group yoga class presented by the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center; and a Mindfulness Training session designed to positively inspire all facets of your life, presented by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program.

For more information on the week, including a full schedule of events, visit miami.edu/wow.

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Free Colorectal Cancer Screening for Employees

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Together with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, the University of Miami encourages employees and their spouses/partners to get tested in accordance with screening guidelines. Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer among men and women in the U.S. With regular screenings, polyps and pre-cancerous growths can be removed before they become cancer, and early cancers can be treated more effectively. Survival rate for early-stage colon cancer is higher than 90 percent.

The Miller School of Medicine is one of many organizations in the U.S. that pledged to promote screening for colorectal cancer and to reach the goal of “80 percent by 2018,” established by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable and the American Cancer Society.

There are several options for screening. For adults ages 50-75 with no risk factors or symptoms, the recommendations are either a fecal occult blood test, such as the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) once a year, a sigmoidoscopy every five years, or colonoscopy every 10 years.

To get a colonoscopy, contact your doctor to get an order for the test. If you want to have the test at UHealth, call 305-243-8644 to schedule the procedure.

An alternative to a colonoscopy is FIT, a noninvasive test of a sample of your stool that can be done in the privacy of your own home. Only one sample is needed, and there are no dietary restrictions as with previous stool tests. You may be eligible if you are age 50-75, and do not have any of the following: personal or family history of colon cancer, Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, or blood in your stool. If you have any of these conditions, ask your doctor what is the best screening test for you.

To order an FIT kit for yourself and your spouse/partner, click on this link: https://is.gd/CRC_Screening

Informational websites about colorectal cancer:


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Top 4 Reasons You Should Join Team UM

Corporate-RunRegistration for this year’s Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run/Walk closes Wednesday, March 22. If you have not registered yet, here are four reasons why you should register now:

1. SAVINGS: $15 off your registration fee

2. FREE POINTS: 150 points toward your Well ‘Canes Incentive Program

3. PARTY: Enjoy an oceanfront Greek Food Festival under our largest tent to date

4. PRIZES: You will be automatically entered to win one of four 4-day Disney Parks tickets, an additional 500 Well ‘Canes Incentive Program points, two box seats to the Miami Marlins game on April 29, or two box seats to a UM baseball game this season.

One of the nation’s largest 5K (3.1 miles) races, the Corporate Run/Walk will take place at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami on Thursday, April 27. Last year, Team UM took the crown of the largest team out of the 860 companies participating. Let’s be the team to beat again at the city’s largest office party while enjoying a night of exercise, food, entertainment, and prizes. Visit miami.edu/corporaterun for more details.




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Fuel Your Body, Train Your Mind at the Herbert Wellness Center

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 8, 2017) – March is National Nutrition Month and the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center is celebrating with several special events. As part of Nutrition Month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is encouraging everyone to “Put Your Best Fork Forward” and discover the best healthy eating style for you. The Herbert Wellness Center is hosting Fuel your Body, Train your Mind week from Tuesday, March 28 through Thursday, March 30, to help all ’Canes find their nutritional fit.

“How and what we eat is imperative to our health,” says Christina WooChing, wellness program administrator at the Herbert Wellness Center. “There is no best way for everyone to fuel their body. We are here to help the University of Miami community make better and smarter choices about their nutrition.”

Fuel your Body, Train your Mind week features the following events:

Healthy Snacks for Recovery
Tuesday, March 28, 12 – 2 p.m., 5 – 7 p.m.
Herbert Wellness Center Atrium
Learn how to create a complete snack to best nourish your body in its recovery after exercise. Healthy Snacks for Recovery is sponsored by Kind Bar.

Decoding Diets
Wednesday, March 29, 12 – 6 p.m.
Herbert Wellness Center Atrium
There are a lot of fad diets that people join for quick fixes. Find out which guides are best if you are looking to change your eating habits, and learn about diets you’ve tried in the past.

Ultra Body Workout
Wednesday, March 29, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Herbert Wellness Center Centre Court
Mix up your exercise routine and feel the burn at this total body workout.

The Truth About Supplements
Thursday, March 30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Herbert Wellness Center Atrium
Educate yourself on how supplements truly affect and support your body and training.

Every bite counts. Even making simple changes to your eating habits and behavior inspire a lifetime of healthy living and wellbeing.

To learn more about National Nutrition Month, click here.

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Mindful Walking

This month’s Mindful Living seminar, offered by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, will focus on walking mindfully. Walking is a great way to integrate mindfulness into your everyday life and has been practiced as a meditative technique for thousands of years. 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 Carol Kaminsky, a board-certified dance-movement therapist and a faculty member in the University of Miami dance program who has taught mindful movement and meditation for stress reduction (MBSR) for over 20 years.

IMPORTANT: Please bring comfortable walking shoes, as this practice will take place outdoors.

Coral Gables campus: Wednesday, March 22, 12-1 p.m., meet in front of the Otto G. Richter Library breezeway

Miller School campus: Thursday, March 23, 12-1 p.m., meet in front of the Lois Pope LIFE Center entrance

FSAP Health and Wellness seminars are offered as part of the University of Miami’s Well ’Canes Program. Register through ulearn.miami.edu. 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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