Group Fitness Classes Aren’t Just for Members of the Herbert Wellness Center

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February, 25, 2015) – The Department of Wellness and Recreation staff at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center knows what it takes to get people moving. In partnership with Well ‘Canes, the Walking ‘Canes program is in full swing and the Corporate Run is just around the corner. These programs have two things in common: they’re both aimed at fostering healthy lifestyles in UM employees and they’re both open to members and non-members alike. But did you know that’s not all the Herbert Wellness Center has to offer non-members?

At the midpoint of each semester, the Herbert Wellness Center begins a second session of its many group fitness classes available to anyone, regardless of membership status. Class offerings include reformer Pilates, martial arts like Tai Chi and Capoeira, instructional tennis, dance classes featuring belly dance and ballet, and instructional aquatics designed for adults and youth swimmers of all levels.

“We want to create an atmosphere of inclusion,” said Michelle Kasparian, assistant director of group exercise and community classes at the Herbert Wellness Center. “We realize not everyone is willing or able to commit to a membership at our facility, but we want to make sure we can provide our UM and local communities with a variety of fitness options to meet their needs.”

Registration for reformer Pilates runs from March 2-8. Registration for dance, martial arts, tennis and adult aquatics classes runs March 9-20, with a free trial period running March 14-20. Youth swim registration runs from March 16-23. Registration is available online at miami.edu/wellness or by contacting the Herbert Wellness Center sales office at 305-284-5433 or at wellnesscenter@miami.edu. In-person registration is also available.

Visit www.miami.edu/wellness for complete information on fitness and wellness programming available for members and non-members.

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The Millennial IMPACT Employee Resource Group Holds Networking Social February 27

The-Millennial-IMPACT-LogoThe Millennial IMPACT, the University of Miami’s employee resource group (ERG) aimed at employees who identify or support millennials in the workforce, is hosting a networking social at Titanic Restaurant, 5813 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables, on Friday, February 27 at 4:30 p.m.

“We invite any UM employee who is interested in learning more about the group to join us,” said Mike Piacentino, communications and marketing specialist for the Department of Wellness and Recreation on the Coral Gables campus and interim co-leader of the ERG. “The Millennial IMPACT is still in its infancy, so we are looking for employees who are looking to meet new people and make a difference in both the UM and local communities.”

Complete this form to RSVP. For more information about the social or about The Millennial IMPACT, contact Piacentino at 305-284-8502 or mpiacentino@miami.edu on the Gables campus or Carol Nunez on the medical campus at 305-243-3090 or a.carolina@miami.edu.

UM launched employee resource groups, peer networks whose members have common interests, in October 2014. They are voluntary, member-led groups that meet in trusting, open environments. In addition to millennials, other ERGs include groups for people with disabilities, LGBTQ, Asians, and veterans. Visit www.miami.edu/diversity to learn more about the ERG program.

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Step in Time and Get Active at the Herbert Wellness Center

Complete with a pair of new dance classes, group fitness classes are available for members and non-members 

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 14, 2015) – The Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center added two new ballet dance classes to its full lineup of group fitness classes open to members and non-members. The ballet classes offer something for dancers of all skill levels—from the beginner to the more experienced—and, like all group fitness classes, come with a free trial period.

“Our introductory ballet class gives new dancers an opportunity to learn proper techniques or serves as a refresher course for those who might not have danced in a while,” said Michelle Kasparian, assistant director of group exercise and community classes. “Our lyrical class is a bit more advanced, so it will allow participants to expand their skill set and possibly learn a new style of dance.”

In addition to the new ballet classes, the Herbert Wellness Center offers a variety of belly dance classes suitable for all skill levels.

“Dance classes are an excellent way to add variety to your workout routine,” Kasparian adds. “In addition to many health benefits, these classes give participants the opportunity to pursue something they might not otherwise get to try. They are also a great way to interact with colleagues from across the University in a social setting.”

Registration is now open for dance and other group fitness classes that are available to members and non-members. In addition to dance classes, tennis, martial arts, and adult aquatics are  offered. A full listing of class offerings is available at miami.edu/wellness.

So that participants have an opportunity to try these classes before making a commitment to fully enroll, the Herbert Wellness Center offers the first session of each class for free to both members and non-members. The free trial period begins on Saturday, January 24 and ends on Friday, January 30.

To register for these classes or for more information, contact the Herbert Wellness Center sales office at wellnesscenter@miami.edu or 305-284-5433. Online registration is also available via miami.edu/wellness.

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Mind and Matter, FSAP’s Spring Edition eNewsletter, Now Available

The spring edition of Mind and Matter offers valuable information on overcoming procrastination with self-compassion and the mental health benefits of exercise. Mind and Matter is the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program’s quarterly newsletter and features articles on health and well-being, helpful tips on maintaining work-life balance, and other valuable resources such as free wellness seminars for faculty and staff. If you are interested in receiving the newsletter or seminar announcements via email, please visit the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program website or contact Caliope Bootle at cbootle@miami.edu.



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Weight Watchers at Work New Year Sessions Begin This Week

A new 12-week Weight Watchers at Work will begin this month. The first session at the Miller School of Medicine will take place on Wednesday, January 14, with meetings held every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Clinical Research Building, room 975. The first session on the Coral Gables campus will take place Thursday, January 15, with meetings held every Thursday at 12 p.m. at Gables One Tower in the sixth-floor conference room.

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 of the program 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, click here or email sheri.lee@miami.edu.




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