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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Ticket Distribution for Family Day with the Marlins Continues

Celebrate with co-workers and family members at our 12th annual event as the Miami Marlins take on the Pittsburgh Pirates 

marlins-ticket-distributionIn appreciation of the dedication and outstanding work of its employees, the University of Miami will host its 12th annual Family Day with the Miami Marlins on Saturday, April 29, at Marlins Park in Little Havana, when the Marlins take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:10 p.m.

Each regular employee, as well as contract employees, can pick up one complimentary ticket and purchase up to two additional tickets for $1 each; extra tickets will be available for $10 apiece. Children under 3 do not require tickets. Each ticket comes with a food voucher for a hot dog, chips, and a fountain drink or bottle of water.

Tickets will be distributed to employees with a valid ‘Cane Card and cash only on the following dates, time, and locations:

  • Coral Gables campus: Monday, March 27; and Monday, April 3, on the Foote University Green, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Miller School campus: Thursday, March 30; and Thursday, April 6, at the Schoninger Research Quadrangle, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Rosenstiel School campus: Friday, March 31, on the Breezeway, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You must have a valid ‘Cane Card (UM ID) to receive your tickets, and you must pick them up at a single ticket distribution session; you cannot go multiple times. You will not be permitted to bring anyone else’s ID to purchase tickets for them.

If you plan to sit with other UM employees, you must pick up your tickets together, at the same time, and at the same distribution site. Cash only will be accepted for all ticket purchases. Family Day tickets will be available for sale at all ticket distribution sites on all days while quantities last.

Pregame and Postgame Activities

The event will feature pregame activities for the entire family. Family activities and entertainment will be located on the West Plaza beginning at 5 p.m. Pregame on-field ceremonies will highlight the University of Miami.

Watch a video from the Marlins and look for more information about UM Family Day in e-Veritas.

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With Safety in Mind, UM Continues Ban on Hoverboards in All Buildings

Due to more reports of fires associated with electronic skateboards and self-balancing scooters, such as Hoverboards, Swagways, IO Hawks, and Skywalkers, the University of Miami is continuing to temporarily ban all such devices from inside all University-owned and operated buildings, including all on-campus housing facilities, recreational centers, libraries, classrooms, and laboratories.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), whose former chairman issued a strong statement about these devices last year, is investigating why some models catch fire during the charging stage and others while in use. CPSC experts are looking particularly closely at the battery packs and chargers for the devices.

Based on the increasing number of serious injuries and emergency room visits associated with these products, the commission also is investigating falls associated with hoverboards.   

Fire officials in the city of Coral Gables and other local Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) also have recommended that these devices not be operated, stored, and/or charged inside of buildings.

In light of the fire safety concerns, the University ban will remain in effect until improved safety standards for all models of these devices are in place and have been approved by the CPSC and the AHJs.

The University’s priority is to protect its students, faculty, staff, patients, and visitors from any potential threats. Help keep the University safe by removing this hazard from our community.

For more information, contact Fire Safety Manager Christine Daley at c.daley@miami.edu.


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Learn How to Take Action on Survey Results April 4

Leaders are invited to participate in  a webinar on Tuesday, April 4, from 12 to 1 p.m. to learn how to analyze and take action on the results of the engagement survey. The Driving an Engaging Workforce course provides leaders with insights and tools they can use to create an environment in which their team members thrive and engagement is high.

During this course, participants will gain:

  • the empowerment necessary to take ownership of their team’s engagement
  • an understanding of the factors that influence engagement and how to use the 12 elements of engagement as a lens to improve team culture and performance
  • specific actions leaders and their team members can take to enhance the team’s engagement
  • tools and insights that will help leaders lead individual and team conversations about interpreting their team’s current state of engagement

To register for a live webinar, please visit ulearn.miami.edu and search for “Driving an Engaging Workforce”. 

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