Health and Lifestyle

Register for the 2017 Corporate Run/Walk by February 27 to Save and Win

Corporate-RunLace up your running shoes and show that you’ve got this, again! Register for Team UM at the 2017 Mercedes Benz Corporate Run/Walk by Monday, February 27, and receive $15 off the registration fee and 300 Well ’Canes points. Those who register early will also have the chance to win free event registrations, four 4-day Disney Parks tickets, and an additional 500 Well ‘Canes points.

One of the nation’s largest 5K (3.1 miles) races, the Corporate Run/Walk will take place at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami on Thursday, April 27. Last year, Team UM took the crown of the largest team out of the 860 companies participating. Let’s be the team to beat again at the city’s largest office party while enjoying a night of exercise, food, entertainment, and prizes. Visit miami.edu/corporaterun for more details.

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Meditation, Mindfulness, and U at the Herbert Wellness Center

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February, 15, 2017) – Immerse yourself in a state of reflection, relaxation, and rumination this spring at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center. In association with Sri Chinmoy Centres International and UMindfulness, the Herbert Wellness Center offers free meditation and mindfulness classes open to members and non-members.

Find your inner peace and quiet your mind at a free meditation class presented by the Department of Wellness and Recreation and Sri Chinmoy Centres International. Led by longtime meditation instructor Lunthita Duthely, each class encourages mental clarity and discipline as well as creativity and inner peace in your pursuit of personal satisfaction. The next two classes are on Monday, February 27 at 7:45 p.m. and Friday, March 3 at 12:30 p.m.

“Lunthita is a remarkable instructor,” says Christina WooChing, wellness program administrator at the Herbert Wellness Center. “Her dedication and passion for meditation is reflected in every session she shares with participants.”

In a partnership between the Herbert Wellness Center and UMindfulness, “Sound of the Bell” gives participants a safe space to explore mindfulness practice using sound. Participants will discover their innate capacity to focus, pay attention, and expand their awareness to fully embrace life. The free class, taught by Timothy Conner of the Frost School of Music and longtime practitioner of mindfulness, begins at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7 and is open to all UM students, faculty, and staff.

Mindfulness and Compassion Workshop” introduces participants to practicing compassion and mindfulness in every day activities. Led by Scott Rogers, co-founder of the UMindfulness Research and Practice Initiative, this new workshop is on Thursday, April 20 at noon.

“University life can often become stressful for students and employees alike,” says WooChing. “We have forged an incredible partnership with UMindfulness, which has resulted in advantageous programs for the UM community, helping students, faculty, and staff relax and relieve stress.”

Reserve your spot in all sessions by contacting the Herbert Wellness Center sales office at 305-284-5433 or registering online.

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Join the LGBTQ Student Center’s Food for Thought Lunch Series on February 15

Join the LGBTQ Student Center for the Food For Thought Lunch Series on Wednesday, February 15 at 1 p.m., when Luigi Ferrer, director of health services at Pridelines, will discuss health disparities in the LGBTQ community and how to get involved with service in Miami. Free and open to all UM community members, the luncheon will be held in Biscayne 1220 on the first floor of the Whitten University Center. For more information, contact Shannon Casey at s.casey2@umiami.edu.

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Ready to Teach a Group Fitness Class? Audition at UM’s Wellness Centers

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 8, 2017)—Think you have what it takes to teach a group exercise fitness class? The Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center and the UHealth Fitness & Wellness Center are holding open auditions for instructors for all group exercise positions: sculpt, cardio, mat Pilates, reformer Pilates, studio cycling, yoga, dance fitness/Zumba, and kickboxing. Open auditions are on Thursday, February 23 at the Herbert Wellness Center and Friday, February 24 at the UHealth Fitness & Wellness Center. Both members and non-members are invited to audition.

“We are looking for excited, skilled and motivated new instructors who meet our core values,” says Michelle Kasparian, assistant director of group exercise and community classes. “If you’re a fitness guru and ready to share your knowledge and experience with the University of Miami community, we want you to join our team.”

To qualify, applicants must hold a national group exercise or personal training certification, such as ACE, AFAA, ACSM, Spinning, Zumba, etc. Applicants must also be CPR/AED certified prior to becoming an instructor. For those not previously certified, the Herbert Wellness Center offers CPR/AED certification courses open to members and non-members.

For more information and to schedule your audition, please email a resume and cover letter to Michelle Kasparian, assistant director of group exercise and community classes, at mxk331@miami.edu. Each applicant will be expected to prepare a 30-minute demo class for their audition.

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What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Relationships are a necessary part of healthy living, but there is no such thing as a perfect relationship. Relationships, from acquaintances to romances, have the potential to enrich our lives and add to our enjoyment. Maintaining realistic expectations and effective communication are two very critical components. Facilitated by a UM Faculty and Staff Assistance Program consultant, this discussion will explore the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships, and review techniques used to establish respect, build trust, convey empathy, and decrease emotional reactivity.

Coral Gables campus: Tuesday, February 21, 12-1 p.m., McKnight Building, room 201AB

Rosenstiel campus: Wednesday, February 22, 12-1 p.m., Library Media room

Miller School campus:  Thursday, February 23, 12-1 p.m., Don Soffer Clinical Research Center, room 692

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, call the FSAP at 305-284-6604.


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