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Improve Your Health and Performance with a Free Guardrails Assessment

Summer is a great time to take advantage of the complimentary health assessments offered by the University’s Guardrails Prevention and Performance program. In about 15 minutes, UM employees can receive a non-invasive assessment of their nutritional, cardiovascular, metabolic, and musculoskeletal health, as well as a six-week nutrition and exercise plan.

Developed by the School of Education and Human Development’s exercise physiology and graduate nutrition program, in conjunction with Lee Kaplan, chief of the UHealth Sports Medicine Division and head the Sports Medicine Institute, the screenings are available at the Healthy ’Canes Clinics on the Coral Gables and Miller School campuses, and the Clinical and Applied Physiology Lab in the Merrick Building, room 315, on the Gables campus.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit Guardrails.

 

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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. This month’s seminar will place emphasis on the attitude of “letting be,” or what some refer to as “letting go.” 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.

Miller School: Tuesday, June 21, 12-1 p.m., Dominion Parking Garage, room 155

Coral Gables: Wednesday, June 22, 12-1 p.m., McKnight Building, second-floor ERP training room 200BC

Rosenstiel School: Thursday, June 23, 12-1 p.m., Library Media room

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

The summer edition of Mind and Matter offers valuable information on self-regulation skills and ways to create a compassionate workplace. 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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Summer Relaxation Techniques

Summer time is ideal for relaxation. Between warm summer weather and having more leisure time, you can find all sorts of ways to relax and heal. If you’re occasionally stressed throughout the year, practicing relaxation techniques is especially important for your health. This seminar is offered for those interested in developing their capacity to manage day-to-day anxiety and stress through the use of calming, effective relaxation techniques. Participants will discover techniques for reducing stress that can effectively be used both at work and at home. This seminar will be facilitated by a UM Faculty and Staff Assistance Program consultant.

Coral Gables campus: Tuesday, June 7, 12-1 p.m., McKnight Building, second-floor training room

Rosenstiel campus: Wednesday, June 8, 12-1 p.m., Library Media room

Miller School campus: Thursday, June 9, 12-1 p.m., Dominion Parking Garage, room 155

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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Be Smoke Free in May

Quitting smoking can be a challenging process, but with the aid of group classes led by a certified tobacco treatment specialist, individuals can get the support and tools necessary to become tobacco free. The University of Miami’s award-winning BeSmokeFree program is offering group classes for people interested in quitting smoking.

Classes are offered in six-week intervals throughout the year, with upcoming sessions beginning on Wednesday, May 18, at the Coral Gables campus, and Tuesday, May 17, and Thursday, May 19, at the Miller School of Medicine campus. Click here for more information and to view a class schedule. This free benefit is available to UM employees, students, and members of the community. It is sponsored by the AHEC Tobacco Program of the University of Miami, the Florida Department of Health, and Tobacco Free Florida.

For more information or to register, call 305-243-7606 or email Mohammad Asad at MAsad@med.miami.edu.

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