Health and Lifestyle

Swim into Healthy Living at the Herbert Wellness Center

By Myranda Tarr
Special to UM News
Aprile Tampa

Aprile Tampa

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 19, 2016) – Everyone longs to find their true calling in life. For Aprile Tampa, B.B.A., ’09, that calling is swimming. So it was no surprise the University of Miami alumna became an aquatics instructor. When the opportunity to teach youth and adult aquatics community classes at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center presented itself, she jumped, or rather swam, for it.

Originally from Fort Lauderdale, Tampa came to UM in 2005 to study business management. During her first semester at the U, Tampa began working at the Herbert Wellness Center. After exemplifying the facility’s high standards of service, she quickly transitioned to a head lifeguard and then facility supervisor.
“I really enjoyed working at the Herbert Wellness Center and getting to know the staff and patrons during my shifts,” says Tampa. “I truly felt like I had a say in the day-to-day operations.”
Tampa found her aquatics calling one afternoon when the facility was in need of a swimming instructor. She stepped up and taught that class. Little did Tampa know that one class was just the beginning for her.
“I was searching for another outlet for exercise and wanted to try something different,” says Tampa. “I’ve found that swimming helps maintain both my physical and mental health.”
Though the instructor also works full time as a sales manager at a local security company, she considers teaching aquatics her second profession.
“What I love most about working at the Herbert Wellness Center is the different kinds of students, alumni, and community members I get to be around,” she says. “Everyone has a different story, a different reason they are at our facility, and I love learning about them and giving them an experience they will love!”
Whether you are training to compete in a triathlon or simply looking to become a stronger swimmer, Tampa teaches a variety of classes to fit your needs. The instructor says swimming is a low-impact exercise that anyone can enjoy, whether you are 3 years old or 83.
Tampa adds, “I like to give all my students a safe space to test their skills and learn as much as possible.”
In addition to youth and adult aquatics classes, the Herbert Wellness Center offers various instructional classes in martial arts, tennis, salsa and belly dance. To view the entire schedule, click here.
Registration for instructional community classes closes Sunday, October 30. A free trial for each class (first meeting only) is available through October 30, excluding youth aquatics. For more information or to register for classes, click here.

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Discover Mindfulness at the Herbert Wellness Center

Cultivate greater focus and concentration at a free workshop, Mindfulness and U: Learning Tools for Focus, Stress Reduction, and Balance, from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18 at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center. Facilitated by Scott Rogers, the workshop, which is open to all University of Miami students, faculty, and staff, offers an engaging introduction to mindfulness in which participants will learn effective tools for stress reduction and helpful methods of working with challenging emotions. Short exercises will be taught, which can be practiced during the busy day—at work, school, and home—along with tips for doing so.

Reserve your spot in the session by contacting the Herbert Wellness Center sales office at 305-284-5433.

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Free, Confidential Mental Health Assessments Offered This Month

In an effort to raise awareness about mental health during Depression Awareness Month, UM faculty, staff, and their dependents are invited to schedule a free, confidential, one-on-one mental health consultation with the UM Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP). Visits include a complimentary assessment to evaluate stress levels and mental health symptoms, such as depression or anxiety, and to provide effective strategies and resources to enhance overall mental health. FSAP offices are located on both the Coral Gables and Miller School campuses, and employees may attend FSAP sessions on administrative time. Call 305-284-6604 to schedule your office or telephone visit.

For more information about FSAP, please visit miami.edu/fsap.


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Mindful Living 101

This Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) seminar is offered as a basic primer for those who are brand new to mindfulness. It serves to review the basic tenets of mindfulness, to understand the significance of mindful living, and to 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. 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.

Coral Gables campus:  Tuesday, October 18, 12-1 p.m., McKnight Building, room 201AB

Miller School campus:  Wednesday, October 19, 12-1 p.m., Clinical Research Building, room 692

Rosenstiel campus: Thursday, October 20, 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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Miller School Researcher Finds Peace Teaching Meditation

By Myranda Tarr
Special to UM News

Lunthita Duthely

Lunthita Duthely

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 28, 2016) – Meditation is not just a pastime for Lunthita Duthely, B.A., ’86, B.S., ’86, M.S., ’92, an assistant research professor at the Miller School of Medicine. Though the faculty member spends much of her time guiding medical student research and managing HIV/AIDS research databases within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, her heart also lies with instructing free meditation classes at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center and the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center.

Born in New York City of Haitian descent, Duthely began her undergraduate education at the University of Miami in 1981, studying computer science and chemistry. It was during these formative years when Duthely took her very first meditation class at the U.

“I benefited greatly from UM’s free meditation classes,” explains Duthely. “After that first experience, I knew my life was changed for the better.”

Upon completing her dual undergraduate degrees, Duthely received her first permanent position at the Miller School. The UM alumna brought together her skills in database programming with her interest in medicine and health, specifically HIV/AIDS research, to work as a programmer and analyst.

“The HIV/AIDS epidemic was on the rise in South Florida and I was eager to get involved with that research,” says Duthely, who also holds a doctor of education from the University of Phoenix. “What’s more, the epidemic was also affecting the Haitian community, which hit very close to home.”

Soon after, a perfect opportunity opened up to create and manage databases supporting HIV/AIDS research within the Department of OB/GYN. Duthely delayed her original plans to move to Europe in order to pursue this three-year commitment.

Nearly a decade after her first meditation class, Duthely began meditating on a regular basis and continues to practice with Master Sri Chinmoy. Seeing the incredible effects of meditation in her personal and professional life, Duthely became a meditation instructor in 1994 and has been teaching at the Herbert Wellness Center since 1997.

“I saw how the practice of meditation impacted my life, and so many others I met,” she says. “I was motivated to share the experience with others.”

The Department of Wellness and Recreation believes that achieving optimal health requires finding a balance between physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, occupational and global wellness, the seven dimensions of wellness. Duthely finds that practicing meditation has had a positive impact on all aspects of her life.

“I teach at the Herbert Wellness Center because I truly believe in all dimensions of wellness and try to live by them each and every day,” adds the instructor. “Also, as a meditation facilitator representing Sri Chinmoy Centres International, it is our philosophy to offer classes free of charge.”

Meditation classes at the Herbert Wellness Center and UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center are free and open to the public.

There are three remaining classes at the Herbert Wellness Center taking place on Friday, October 21, Friday, November 18, and Monday, December 5, all from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more information or to register for a class, call 305-284-5433 or click here.

The three remaining classes at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center take place on Fridays, October 21, November 18, and December 16 from 1 to 1:45 p.m. For more information, click here. Duthely also teaches Hatha yoga classes at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Duthely believes everyone should take a few minutes a day to “recharge” their inner battery with a quiet and still mind.

“Meditation is perfect for anyone who inhabits Mother Earth and breathes this precious air,” she says.

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