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This 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. Attend to awaken your innate capacity for mindful living and nurture a practice to positively inspire every facet of your life. This month will focus on cultivating mental spaciousness through four simple practices. This seminar will be facilitated by a UM Faculty and Staff Assistance Program consultant. FSAP Health and Wellness seminars are offered as part of the University of Miami’s Well ‘Canes Program.

Rosenstiel campus: Wednesday, October 25, 12-1 p.m., Library Media Room

Coral Gables campus: Thursday, October 26, 12-1 p.m., McKnight Building, room 201AB

Miller School campus: Friday, October 27, 12-1 p.m., Don Soffer Clinical Research Center, room 620

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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HealthyCampus Week Returns October 16-20

Healthier.PartnershipCORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 9, 2017) – Healthy Campus Week returns to the University of Miami October 16-20 when the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center, in collaboration with the Partnership for a Healthier America Healthier Campus Initiative, will present a variety of special events and activities free to the UM community.

Beginning on Monday, October 16, get ready to challenge yourself with the Fitness Challenge. Think you can out-sweat the competition? Join the challenge to prove it! Check in at the Fitness Desk for more information.

Also on Monday, start the week off on the right foot with Cycling in the Atrium at 6:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 5:30 p.m., or 7:15 p.m.

Be the Best U on Tuesday, October 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Wellness Center Atrium, where there will be complimentary fitness testing, blood pressure screenings, and giveaways.

Bring your own mat (B.Y.O.M.) to UM’s Largest Yoga Class at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18 in Centre Court. This yoga class is free and open to the UM community. Enter the raffle for the chance to win a Manduka yoga mat.

Stop by Thursday, October 19, to meet all the UM campus partners involved in making the healthy choice the easy choice at the Healthy ‘Cane Network Wellness Fair from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Herbert Wellness Center Atrium.

Finish the week with relaxing chair massages on Friday, October 20 from 3–6 p.m. in the Herbert Wellness Center Atrium. In addition, Fitness Challenge winners will be announced on Friday. Winners will also receive Manduka yoga mats.

The Partnership for a Healthier America works with the private sector to ensure the health of the nation’s youth and end childhood obesity. By brokering commitments with colleges and universities, the Healthier Campus Initiative helps campuses adopt guidelines around food and nutrition, physical activity and programming.

“This is the fourth year of UM’s collaboration with Partnership for a Healthier America and the University has made great strides to make our campus a healthier one,” said Scott Levin, executive director of the Herbert Wellness Center. “From providing healthier food and beverage services at on-campus dining venues to encouraging physical activity and movement through facilities and programs on campus, every UM partner is committed to helping students, faculty, and staff make healthier choices that will ensure their personal and professional success.”

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Relieve Post-Irma Stress with Free Meditation Class at the Herbert Wellness Center

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 2, 2017) – While our school and community continue recovering from Hurricane Irma, the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center has added an additional meditation class to help participants regain mind-clarity and get back into a routine. Improve your physical and emotional responses to stress while increasing your health and happiness at the free meditation class open to members and non-members on Wednesday, October 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Meditation is known to stimulate relaxation, which in turn might reduce blood pressure. Meditation can also alleviate conditions caused or worsened by stress, by decreasing metabolism, lowering blood pressure, and improving the heart rate, breathing, and brain waves.

Studies show that meditation may enhance the brain’s ability to process information. Not only can your memory expand, but your empathy and sense of self may improve as well. Meditation also assists in fostering compassion, happiness, and focus.

The meditation class, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the conference room on the second floor of the Wellness Center. Comfortable clothing is recommended. The next meditation class will be Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information or to register for the class, call 305-284-5433 or email wellnesscenter@miami.edu.

 

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Art Therapy for Enhanced Well-Being

Art therapy is a mental health modality, in which clients, facilitated by an art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and resulting artwork to explore, express, identify, reconcile, and manage challenging mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational experiences. As such, art therapy, as part of a comprehensive, curative course, provides therapeutic opportunity for self-and-situational acceptance, significance, reorientation, and renewed motivation in personal wellness pursuits. Seminar participants are invited to engage in both the educational process and experiential practice of art therapy for enhanced well-being. This Faculty and Staff Assistance Program seminar will be facilitated by Rachel A. Upton-Rice, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, a registered, board-certified, and licensed creative arts therapist from the University of Miami Hospital’s Behavioral Health Services Department.

Coral Gables campus: Tuesday, September 26, 12-1 p.m., McKnight Building, room 201AB

Miller School campus: Wednesday, September 27, 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, please call the FSAP at 305-284-6604.

 

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Fall Issue of Mind and Matter Now Available

The fall edition of Mind and Matter offers helpful suggestions for managing crucial conversations. 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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