Health and Lifestyle

FSAP Seminar: Revitalizing Relationships

This lunchtime seminar is offered by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) for those interested in building and nurturing resilient relationships. Healthy relationships bring happiness and health to our lives and studies show that people involved and invested in healthy relationships experience more joy and less stress. This seminar, facilitated by an FSAP consultant, will provide participants with techniques used to establish respect, build trust, convey empathy, decrease emotional reactivity, promote positive environments, and have fruitful interactions.

Coral Gables campus: Tuesday, February 10, 12-1 p.m., McKnight Building, 2nd floor, training room

Miller School campus:  Wednesday, February 11, 12-1 p.m., Dominion Parking Garage, room 155

RSMAS campus:  Thursday, February 12, 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. To register, go to http://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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Take Control of Mealtime at the Herbert Wellness Center

Spring semester cooking classes include menus from around the world

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 14, 2014) – Cooking meals at home can have long-lasting health benefits, and the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center is offering five cooking classes this semester to give participants control over what goes on their plates and into their bodies.

“Cooking our own meals allows us to gain more control of what goes on our plates,” says Ashley Falcon, assistant director of wellness programs at the Herbert Wellness Center. “We can choose healthier, fresher foods, cook them in healthier ways, and control our portions.”

Open to members and non-members, these classes are taught by a professional chef and include hands-on demonstrations, dinner, and plenty of leftovers. Registration is now open for these classes:

  • Moroccan: Monday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Desserts: Wednesday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Spanish/Mexican: Thursday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Italian: Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Thai: Wednesday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m.

The menu for the January 26 Moroccan class includes tagine with caramelized onions and tomatoes, Ras El Hanout (a Moroccan spice blend), and tagine beef with Medjool dates.

Registration is available online at miami.edu/wellness or by calling the sales office at 305-284-5433 Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Classes cost $20 for members and $25 for non-members. In addition to regularly scheduled classes, private group classes are available and can be coordinated through the sales office.

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Want to Learn Ways to Cope with Stressors? Join the Psychological Services Center’s Coping Skills Training Group

Feeling overwhelmed? Stressed out? Learn how to cope with life stressors by joining the 12-week Coping Skills Training Group at the University of Miami Psychological Services Center.
Group sessions will be on Monday evenings starting early February 2015, and sessions will take place on the second floor of the Flipse Building, 5665 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables. The cost per person is $15 for each session.
Free screenings to join the group are going on now. Call 305-284-4265 to schedule one today.


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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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BeSmokeFree Group Classes Begin Anew in February

The University of Miami’s award-winning BeSmokeFree program is again offering free group classes for individuals interested in quitting smoking this year. Classes are offered in six-week intervals throughout 2015, with upcoming sessions beginning on February 18 at the Coral Gables campus, and February 17 and 19 at the Miller School of Medicine campus. Click here for more information and to view a class schedule.

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. This benefit is available to UM employees, students, and the community at no charge and is sponsored by the Area Health Education Center Tobacco Program of the University of Miami and the Florida Department of Health. Visit miami.edu/besmokefree for a complete schedule and more information. Call 305-243-7606 or email Mohammad Asad at MAsad@med.miami.edu to register.


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