Health and Lifestyle

Slide into Summer with the Herbert Wellness Center’s Community Classes

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 27, 2016)Summer is fast approaching and we all know what that means: long, hot, and sizzling Miami days. Escape the heat at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center’s group instructional classes open to members and non-members. Registration for the first summer session is now open and ends Sunday, May 15.
Classes begin the week of May 9 and a free trial for each class—first meeting only—is available through May 15. Registration is not required to attend the free class and a free trial is not available for Youth Aquatics programming.
“Now is the ideal time to try a new class,” said Michelle Kasparian, assistant director of group exercise and community classes. “Let the Herbert Wellness Center help you learn or perfect a new skill while staying active this summer at our instructional classes.”
Learn and develop water safety skills in youth or adult aquatics classes, open to all skill levels. No formal training? No problem. Adult and youth beginner, intermediate and advanced swim lessons are offered, as well as master swim drills and water exercise classes.
Bust a move in salsa or belly dance classes, offered for every skill level. If you are new to belly dancing, try Belly Dance Basics. If you are looking to delve deeper into the art and history of belly dance, try Advanced Oriental Belly Dance. If you are ready to hit the Miami dance floor, Beginner LA-Style Salsa is the class for you.
Martial Arts
Learn self-defense techniques from around the world in Tai Chi and Shotokan Karate classes. From the Taiji principles and theory in Tai Chi, you will learn to build strength and endurance and improve balance. Shotokan Karate classes are a one-hour workout rooted in tradition, hard work, and vision.
Perfect your backhand in one of four skill levels offered. Whether you are new to the sport or simply looking to build upon your game, all are welcome on the court this summer.
Registration for group instructional classes is available to both members and non-members and can be completed online or by calling the sales office at 305-284-5433 Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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New 12-Week Session Weight Watchers at Work Now Underway

A new 12-week session of Weight Watchers at Work is underway. Meetings are held every Wednesday at noon at Gables One Tower in room 639.

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 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 visit Well ’Canes or email sheri.lee@miami.edu.

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Meditate Your Way to Success at the Herbert Wellness Center

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 6, 2016) – Time and again, meditation has proven to have remarkable results for many individuals. Improve your physical and emotional responses to stress while increasing your health and happiness at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center’s free meditation class, open to members and non-members on Monday, April 18.

Meditation is known to stimulate relaxation, which in turn might reduce blood pressure. Conditions caused or worsened by stress can also be alleviated through meditation, decreasing metabolism, lowering blood pressure, and improving the heart rate, breathing and brain waves.
Studies show that meditation may enhance the brain’s ability to process information. Not only can your memory expand, but your empathy and sense of self may improve as well. Meditation also assists in fostering compassion, happiness, and focus.
“No matter who you are, meditation can increase your attention span, improve the functionality of your brain and relieve stress, among many other physical and mental benefits,” said Ashley Falcon, assistant director of wellness at the Herbert Wellness Center. “Meditation can also help to build your leadership skills and boost your emotional intelligence.”
The meditation class, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:40 p.m. in the Herbert Wellness Center. Comfortable clothing is recommended. This class is brought to you by the Department of Wellness and Recreation and Sri Chinmoy Centres International. For more information or to register for the class, call 305-284-5433 or email wellnesscenter@miami.edu.

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Move into Mindfulness with a Free Workshop at the Herbert Wellness Center

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 30, 2016) – Practicing mindfulness doesn’t always mean sitting still. Get moving and become aware of your inner experiences at the next UMindfulness workshop, Moving into Mindfulness on Wednesday, April 6 at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center. This free class offers all University of Miami students, faculty, and staff an introduction into mindfulness through simple movements of the body.
Learn techniques that incorporate movement and imagery, such as mindful walking, gentle stretching, posture and alignment exercises, and group movement interactions. The workshop is designed for participants to enhance their awareness of the body/mind connection and become more relaxed and focused.
“By engaging in mindful movement, participants will become more self-aware, centered, and attentive,” said Ashley Falcon, assistant director of wellness at the Herbert Wellness Center. “If you struggle with sitting still for long periods of time, Moving into Mindfulness is the perfect alternative.”
The workshop will be led by Carol Kaminsky, a board-certified dance-movement therapist and faculty member in the University of Miami dance program. For more than 20 years, Kaminsky has taught mindful movement and meditation for stress reduction.
This workshop is free and open to all UM students, faculty, and staff and begins at 6:30 p.m. To reserve your spot, contact the sales office at 305-284-5433.

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Learn to Save Lives at the Herbert Wellness Center’s Emergency Care Courses

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 16, 2016) — Registration is now open for the final set of emergency care courses—Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers, First Aid Certification, and CPR & AED Certificationoffered by the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center this semester.

“Our emergency care courses enhance participants’ emergency response skills,” said Ashley Falcon, assistant director of wellness at the Herbert Wellness Center. “As more ’Canes become certified, our campus becomes safer.”

Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers

Are you working toward being a health care provider such as EMS personnel, physician assistant, doctor, dentist, nurse, or respiratory therapist who must have a credential documenting successful completion of a CPR course? The next Basic Life Support (BSL) for Health Care Providers (HCP) is on Friday, March 25 at 6 p.m. The course will cover adult and pediatric CPR and will include two rescuer scenarios and training on the use of the bag mask. Also covered are foreign-body airway obstruction and AED.

First Aid Certification

If you are ready to learn how to respond to common first aid emergencies, including burns, cuts, and head, neck, and back injuries, sign up for the next First Aid Certification course on Saturday, March 26 at 1:30 p.m. This American Red Cross course teaches you how to manage illnesses and injuries in the first few minutes before professional help arrives.

CPR & AED Certification

Learn how to respond to cardiac breathing emergencies in adults and children, including how to use automated external defibrillators (AED), at the next CPR and AED Certification course on Friday, April 1 at 6 p.m. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a two-year certification from the American Red Cross.

All classes take place in Herbert Wellness Center classrooms. For more information on the emergency care courses, visit the sales office, call 305-284-5433 or email wellnesscenter@miami.edu. The last First Aid Certification course for the spring semester is on Friday, April 8, and the final two BSL for HCP courses are on Saturday, April 2 and Friday, April 15.


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