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Relax and Renew for the Summer

Summertime is ideal for relaxation. Between warm weather and having more leisure time, you can find all sorts of ways to relax and heal. If you’re occasionally stressed through the year, practicing relaxation techniques is especially important for your health. The benefits of relaxation are more than simply a refreshed mind and rejuvenated spirit. There are significant physical health benefits, too. Take a break from your busy workweek to practice this important skill with a UM Faculty and Staff Assistance Program consultant. FSAP Health and Wellness seminars are offered as part of the University of Miami’s Well ’Canes Program.

Miller School campus: Tuesday, June 6, 12-1 p.m., Don Soffer Clinical Research Center, room 692

Rosenstiel campus: Wednesday, June 7, 12-1 p.m., Library Media Room

Coral Gables campus: Thursday, June 8, 12-1 p.m., McKnight Building, room 201AB

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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Breaking Bad Habits

This Faculty and Staff Assistance Program seminar offers participants insight into how to discontinue an unhealthy habit. Habits are a normal part of life and are often helpful in our daily routines. However, anyone who has attempted to kick an unhealthy habit can attest to how difficult it can be. Attend this seminar to discuss common unhealthy habits and explore effective techniques to cease engaging in them once and for all. This seminar will be facilitated by a University of Miami FSAP consultant.

Coral Gables campus: Tuesday, May 23, 12-1 p.m., McKnight Building, room 200 BC

Rosenstiel campus: Wednesday, May 24, 12-1 p.m., Library Media Room

Miller School campus: Thursday, May 25, 12-1 p.m., Don Soffer Clinical Research Center, room 692

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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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. 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. FSAP Health and Wellness seminars are offered as part of the University of Miami’s Well ‘Canes Program.

Coral Gables campus: Tuesday, May 9, 12-1 p.m., McKnight Building, room 201AB

Rosenstiel campus: Wednesday, May 10, 12-1 p.m., Library Media Room

Miller School campus: Thursday, May 11, 12-1 p.m., Don Soffer Clinical Research Center, room 692

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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Combat the Inactivity Epidemic: Fill Your Exercise Rx

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The wellness centers offer a Supervised Exercise Program that helps participants improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, mood, concentration, and sleep patterns.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 26, 2017) – The United States is currently experiencing an “inactivity epidemic” resulting in tremendous costs and consequences. Research studies show that 150 minutes per week of moderate-to-intense physical activity is required to achieve optimum health benefits. But more than half of adults do not meet the recommendations for sufficient physical activity.

To combat physical inactivity, the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center and UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center are celebrating Exercise is Medicine Month this May. Exercise is Medicine (EIM) is a global health initiative managed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The purpose of EIM is to encourage primary care physicians and other health care providers to include exercise when designing treatment plans for patients. The University of Miami Wellness Centers offer several programs and services for both members and non-members promoting safe, smart, and effective physical activity.
For those “prescribed” physical activity supervised by exercise professionals, the wellness centers offer a Supervised Exercise Program open to members and non-members. Intended to improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, mood, concentration, and sleep patterns, the Supervised Exercise Program targets individuals with cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity.
“Supervised exercise allows participants to work with skilled professionals gaining access to the resources and tools needed to positively change their lives,” says Tony Musto, director of fitness programs at the Herbert Wellness Center. “Our goal is to improve our members’ fitness levels and have them leave with the tools necessary to continue on their own.”
Research shows that physically inactive older adults who become active can offset 50 percent or more of the physical loss during these years. Living Independently Through Fitness and Exercise (L.I.F.E.) at the Herbert Wellness Center is open to members and non-members and designed specifically for individuals 65 years of age or older to improve strength and flexibility, enhance activities of daily living, remain independent for as long as possible, and prevent falls.
“Coming to the L.I.F.E. program is like coming home to family,” says Hope, a L.I.F.E. member since 2000. “We all support one another during the exercise sessions and in our personal lives. Not only do I feel good physically, but mentally as well!”
There are approximately seven to 10 million people worldwide living with Parkinson’s disease, and studies show that the repetitive rhythm and movements of cycling help decrease symptoms in Parkinson’s patients. Exercise helps people with Parkinson’s maintain balance, mobility, and daily living activity. Following its success at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, the Herbert Wellness Center introduced Cycling for Parkinson’s, a program targeting the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The program, open to members and non-members, features two one-hour cycling sessions a week during which participants are able to keep a steady pace.
“Cycling for Parkinson’s is convenient and the instructors are helpful and provide feedback,” one participant of the program says. “I often need discipline and motivation to keep up my exercise routine, and this class is perfect for that.”
No matter how active you have been throughout your life, the University of Miami Wellness Centers are ready to guide you in your fitness journey. For more information about the Herbert Wellness Center’s exercise programs and services, click here. To learn more about the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, click here.

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Advanced LASIK Procedure Now Offered at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center

The most advanced LASIK vision correction procedure—already offered by Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of the University of Miami Health System, at its Miami health district and Palm Beach Gardens locations—is coming to The Lennar Foundation Medical Center on UM’s Coral Gables campus this week.

The Laser Vision Center at the Lennar Center will treat patients using the Allegretto 500 Laser, which features a guidance system that follows the actual topography of each patient’s eye. This permits individualized treatment that is unique to each patient and corrects all of the aberrations in the patient’s cornea. The result is crisper, clearer vision correction than is available with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or other LASIK systems.

“Some patients notice a dramatic difference immediately after the procedure, and almost all patients recover from any discomfort quickly enough to drive themselves to a follow-up check the next morning,” said Sonia H. Yoo, M.D., professor of ophthalmology, who will be one of the Bascom Palmer surgeons performing the procedure at the Lennar Center.

Still, said Yoo, not every patient is a good candidate for LASIK surgery. Conditions that typically disqualify a patient are having dry eye, a cornea that is too thin or irregular astigmatism.

“Where you choose to have your laser vision correction is critical,” said William W. Culbertson, M.D., another Bascom Palmer surgeon who will be treating patients at the Lennar Center, and professor of ophthalmology at the University of Miami Miller school of Medicine. “We have 35 years of experience with refractive surgery, and we have trained on every piece of equipment available, including the new Allegretto 500. Our patients can be confident that they are receiving the best LASIK treatment in South Florida.”

Ben Riestra, M.B.A., chief administrative officer at the Lennar Center, is excited about the opening of the Laser Vision Center.

“The concept behind the Lennar Center is bringing UHealth’s unmatched outpatient specialty services to Coral Gables, closer to where many of our patients, and prospective patients, live,” he said. “The Laser Vision Center will be one more way we provide both close-to-home convenience and state-of-the-art clinical treatment.”

To make an appointment at the Laser Vision Center, call 305-326-6575.

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