Battle Stress with Discounted Massages

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Jan. 17, 2018) – A relaxing massage not only reduces stress, but improves body posture and blood circulation and can even lower blood pressure. In an effort to provide University of Miami faculty and staff with a positive and high-quality work environment, the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center extends a 10-percent discount on 50-minute massages to all full- and part-time UM employees, regardless of membership status.

This spring, the Herbert Wellness Center is excited to announce the addition of two licensed massage therapists, Jose Pizarro and Yazmin Valdes.

Pizarro is a veteran of massage therapy with 12 years of experience in the field. He is an instructor at the Educating Hands School of Massage and has tailored his work to not only bring forth relaxation, but to help realign the body’s posture through a holistic approach.

Valdez has been practicing massage therapy since 2009. In 2015, she became a master of oriental medicine and teacher of eastern bodywork. Specializing on the body’s energy system, she uses a nurturing touch to promote balance, healing, and a general sense of well-being. She is constantly seeking to improve her practice through education, and is committed to providing natural therapy and wellness solutions.

“Often the first step towards being happy and healthy is living stress-free,” said Christina WooChing, assistant director of wellness programs. “Starting this semester, the Herbert Wellness Center is now offering appointments on Saturday, which will help members of the UM community to incorporate relaxation time into their regular schedules. Eliminating stress as a barrier to other healthy lifestyle choices, like getting fit and eating healthy, is a great start towards healthy living.”

Appointments are available Tuesday through Saturday for 25-minute or 50-minute sessions. The center also offers 8-hour packages, for regular appointments, at a discounted rate. Chair massage events also can be coordinated through the Herbert Wellness Center and are available to Coral Gables departments for staff events and workshops.

For more information about all of the Herbert Wellness Center’s massage services or to make an appointment for table or chair massages, call the sales office at 305-284-5433 or via our Wellness Center Membership Portal.

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4,000 Additional Employees Opt Out of Paper Tax Forms

In an effort to protect employees’ personal information and reduce printing and mailing costs, the University ran a month-long contest in December to encourage employees to opt out of printed W-2 tax forms. As an extra incentive, a free year of parking or Metro pass cards was offered as a randomly drawn prize if 7,000 additional employees elected to receive their W-2 electronically by December 31.

But nearly 4,000 employees opted-out during the contest, bringing the cumulative total of UM employees who have elected to receive only an electronic copy of their W-2 to 7,442, which falls short of the 11,000 goal for 2017. As a result, the grand prize will not be awarded.

“It was great to see so many employees actively opting out of printed tax forms,” said Jenny Lopez, executive director for Payroll and Accounting. “Electronic forms are more secure, especially considering the information contained in a W-2. The increase will also help the University reduce costs and support sustainability.”

Electronic W-2 forms are now available in Workday for all employees. Paper forms will be mailed out by the end of the month. If you are eligible for UM medical benefits, you also will receive a 1095-C. Employers are required to send this form as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

While it’s too late to opt out of printed tax forms for 2017, employees can elect to receive their 2018 W-2 forms electronically by following the steps below at any time:

  1. Log in to Workday

  2. Click the “Pay” worklet and select My Tax Documents under “View”

  3. Click “Edit” under Printing Election, then click “OK”

  4. Select Receive Electronic Copy of My Year End Tax Documents, then click “OK”

  5. Review your new election and click “Done”

Your election will remain valid for all future tax years.

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Last Call: Pick Up Panthers Tickets on January 22 or 23

Florida-PanthersTickets to the Florida Panthers vs. Detroit Red Wings game on Saturday, February 3, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise will again be available for pickup on the Coral Gables campus by TeamUM United Way contributors.

All faculty and staff who pledged a minimum of $25 to the TeamUM 2017 campaign by December 31, 2017, are eligible to receive two (2) tickets with food vouchers. Additional tickets can be purchased for $25 each. Faculty and staff who have contributed at the 1 percent level will get preferred seating.  

Eligible employees who haven’t done so yet can pick up their tickets at either location below but must bring their UM ’Cane Card for verification.

  • Coral Gables Campus: Monday, January 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Foote Green
  • Gables One Tower: Tuesday, January 23, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., GOT Suite 940

Tickets are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have questions, please contact unitedway@miami.edu.

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Chair Yoga

Yoga has been shown to increase flexibility and balance, improve mood, and reduce fatigue, sleep disturbances, and joint discomfort. In this 50-minute seminar presented by the Faculty and staff Assistance Program (FSAP), participants will learn gentle and modified yoga poses to safely stretch, strengthen, and relax the body in a chair with a combination of movement, controlled breathing, and meditation. The seminar, which will conclude with a mindfulness practice, will be facilitated by Angela Alvarado, of the University of Miami Mind-Body Medical Work Group, who has worked with David J. Lee, director of graduate programs in the Department of Public Health Sciences, and Ashwin Mehta, the founding medical director of the Integrative Medicine Program at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and University of Miami Hospital, by offering yoga, Pranayama and meditation.

Coral Gables campus: Tuesday, January 23, 11-12 p.m., Schwartz Center for Nursing and Health Studies, room 115

Rosenstiel campus: Thursday, January 25, 11-12 p.m., Library Media Room

Miller School campus: Friday, January 26, 11-12 p.m., Don Soffer Clinical Research Center, room 1381A

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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Spring Issue of Mind and Matter Now Available

MindandMatterThe spring edition of Mind and Matter, the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program’s quarterly newsletter, offers suggestions on talking to your children about tragic events in the news, as well as 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 FSAP website or contact Caliope Bootle at cbootle@miami.edu.





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