Health and Lifestyle

Learn How to Save a Life at the Herbert Wellness Center’s First Aid Certification Course

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 23, 2015) – Members and non-members alike can learn how to respond to first aid emergencies at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center’s First Aid Certification course on Monday, September 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the Herbert Wellness Center classroom.

The course teaches participants the appropriate way to manage illness and injuries in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. Upon completion, participants receive a two-year first aid certification through the American Red Cross.

The two-hour course concentrates on the general principles of first aid as well as medical emergencies, including burns, cuts, and injuries.

“Having knowledge and an understanding of first aid is a great first step for anyone on campus, but being certified will take your emergency response skills even further,” says Ashley Falcon, assistant director of wellness. “As more of the UM community receives emergency care certification, we will continue to develop a campus atmosphere of safety and caring for our fellow ’Canes.”

The registration fee is $35 for students, $40 for non-student members, and $45 for non-members. To register, visit the Herbert Wellness Center sales office, call 305-284-5433, or click here.

Future First Aid Certification courses will be held on October 28 and November 18, in addition to CPR and AED Certification courses on October 5, October 19, and November 9.

The Herbert Wellness Center is celebrating 20 years of defining wellness for the University of Miami community and will honor its anniversary with several special programs and events throughout the year. To learn more about the Herbert Wellness Center and all of its programs and services, visit miami.edu/wellness.

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Mindful Living

This Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) seminar is offered monthly to explore the basic tenets of mindfulness, review the significance of mindful living, and guide participants through a mindfulness practice. Each month’s Mindful Living seminar is unique and places emphasis on a different theme and/or practice. This month’s practice will focus on cultivating gratitude. 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.

 Coral Gables campus: Tuesday, September 15, 12 to 1 p.m., McKnight Building, second-floor training room

Miller School campus: Wednesday, September 16, 12 to 1 p.m., Dominion Parking Garage, room 155

 Rosenstiel campus: Thursday, September 14, 12 to 1 p.m., Library Media Room

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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Weight Watchers Begins September 3 on the Gables Campus; Join Now or Later

The  first official meeting of the 12-week fall session of Weight Watchers will take place at noon on Thursday, September 3 at Gables One Tower, in the sixth-floor training room. If you can’t make the first meeting, you can join at any time during the session, which will continue at the same location at noon every Thursday thereafter for 11 weeks. The cost is $165 for new members and $155 for continuing and lifetime members. To encourage participation, the University’s Well ’Canes benefit will reimburse 100 percent of the registration cost for those who complete their first 12-week session, and 50 percent of each concurrent successfully completed 12-week session. The reimbursements are considered taxable income by the Internal Revenue Service, and the amount reimbursed will be included as taxable income in your paycheck.

For more information, contact Kathy Michelson at 786-586-1145 or weightwatcherkathy@yahoo.com.


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Be Smoke Free in September 2015

Smoke-Free BannerQuitting smoking can be a challenging process, but with the aid of group classes led by a certified tobacco treatment specialist, individuals can get the support and tools necessary to become tobacco free. The University of Miami’s award-winning BeSmokeFree program is offering group classes for people interested in quitting smoking.

Classes are offered in six-week intervals throughout the year, with upcoming sessions beginning on Wednesday, September 16, at the Coral Gables campus, and Tuesday, September 15, and Thursday, September 17, at the Miller School of Medicine campus. Click here for more information and to view a class schedule. This free benefit is available to UM employees, students, and members of the community. It is sponsored by the AHEC Tobacco Program of the University of Miami and the Florida Department of Health.

For more information or to register, call 305-243-7606 or email Mohammad Asad at MAsad@med.miami.edu.

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New Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Training Begins in September at UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center

The impact of chronic stress is one of the strongest factors in determining overall health and well-being. The World Health Organization defines health as a “state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease.” Mindfulness engages the underlying mind-body connections to wellness. A growing body of scientific research now shows that mindfulness-based practices significantly improve health in individuals with a wide range of conditions, from chronic pain to anxiety and depression. Among individuals who want to develop better coping strategies and improve their quality of life, participants in mindfulness-based programs report enhancements in a variety of ways, including greater focus, joy, stress reduction, coping, and quality of life.

Stress Reduction through Mindful Living is a new eight-week program that will be offered at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, 1120 NW 14th Street, on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., starting September 26 and continuing through November 21. Based on the program developed in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, the program teaches participants to recognize and address stressors by using a variety of meditation and yoga techniques. The program will be co-facilitated by two UM-trained professionals and long-time mindfulness practitioners. Gus Castellanos, a UM graduate and retired neurologist with former specialization in sleep medicine and fellowship training in neuro-oncology, and Debra Annane, a stress management program facilitator and behavioral health researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, will lead the program, which is open to the general public.

Mindfulness programs such as this have received widespread acclaim and are offered at leading integrative medical centers around the world.

If paid before September 12, the fee is $325 per person and includes all course materials. Thereafter the price is $355. Full or partial scholarships may be granted to applicants who submit a written statement of need. For more information or to register for the upcoming class, contact Debra Annane at 954-643-5397 or Gus Castellanos at 561-222-1928.


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