Health and Lifestyle

Wellness at Work

This lunchtime seminar is offered by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) for those interested in applying a wellness approach that can be a pathway to optimal living. Many of us are spending most of our days sitting at a desk or inside an office, a life consumed by activities, demands, and commitments. Join us in exploring how workplace wellness can be an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence.

Coral Gables campus: Tuesday, June 9, 12-1 p.m., McKnight Building, second-floor training room

Miller School campus: Wednesday, June 10, 12-1 p.m., Dominion Parking Garage, room 155

Rosenstiel campus: Thursday, June 11, 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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Registration Opens for Reformer Pilates at the Herbert Wellness Center

Reformer Pilates classes at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center are taught using Peak Pilates MVe reformer and tower systems. These classes focus on building core strength and endurance, increasing flexibility, improving muscle tone, and enhancing concentration.

Registration for summer session 2 of the Herbert Wellness Center’s Reformer Pilates classes runs from Monday, June 1 through Wednesday, June 10. These classes are available to members and non-members. Classes are held in the Pilates studio on the second floor of the Herbert Wellness Center, and group classes are limited to a maximum of five participants to allow for personalized instruction.

More information and class registration are available online or by calling the Herbert Wellness Center sales office at 305-284-5433.


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Learn the Why, What, and How of Exercising with Diabetes on June 26

Join the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center and Diabetes Research Institute as our expert panel discusses the WHY, WHAT, and HOW of exercising with diabetes at noon on Friday, June 26, at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, Classroom C, on the Miler School of Medicine campus. The panel discussion is free and open to the public, but those interested in attending should RSVP by June 19. For more information, view the flyer or contact the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center at 305-243-7804 or UHealthfitness@med.miami.edu.

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Register Now for Next Free Meditation Session at the Herbert Wellness Center on May 26

In a partnership with Sri Chinmoy Centres International, the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center is continuing to offer free meditation sessions to both members and non-members of the facility this summer. The sessions, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Wellness Enrichment Suite on the second floor of the Herbert Wellness Center on the Coral Gables campus, will take place on:

Tuesday, May 26

Monday, June 15

Monday, July 13

Monday, August 3

Although the sessions are free and open to the public, registration is required to reserve a space. Comfortable clothing is recommended, but no special equipment or supplies are needed.

For more information or to register, call 305-284-5433 or visit www.miami.edu/wellness.


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Employees Lose Weight, Gain Health a Step at a Time


From left are Massimiliano Galeazzi, Elizabeth Soriano, Laila Reed, Jacqueline-Marie Mathieu, Samer Ahmed Zafar, Titanva Ramsingh-Pierce, President Shalala, Denice Cruz-Rodriguez, Yenisel Garcia, Miriam Lipsky, and Humberto Franquiz

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 14, 2015) – President Donna E. Shalala hosted her final Walking ’Canes luncheon last Thursday at the CanesZone in the Hecht-Stanford Dining Hall. This annual luncheon recognizes the top participants in the University’s Walking ‘Canes program that begins each January.

In addition to President Shalala, the top walkers, who earned points for meeting step goals and losing weight, were joined by Patricia A. Whitely, vice president for student affairs, Scott Levin, executive director of the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center and the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, and staff members of the Herbert Wellness Center, including Tony Musto, who developed the program 12 years ago.

“Sitting is the new smoking,” said Musto, director of fitness programs at the Herbert Wellness Center and UHealth Fitness & Wellness Center. “Many UM employees underestimate the powerful impact walking can have on their health. Walking ’Canes is designed to encourage participants to be more active throughout their normal day, without necessarily having to go to a gym.”

This year’s top participants, many of whom participated in Walking ’Canes for the first time, represented a variety of University departments and spanned both the Coral Gables and Miller School campuses. They are:

  • Denice Cruz-Rodriguez, administrative assistant in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Elizabeth Soriano, senior administrative assistant in the Department of Public Health Sciences
  • Humberto Franquiz, budget manager in the Department of Real Estate and Facilities
  • Jacqueline-Marie Mathieu, senior medical biller in the Department of Pediatrics
  • Laila Reed, clinical division administrator in the Department of Orthopaedics
  • Massimiliano Galeazzi, professor and associate chair for the Department of Physics
  • Miriam Lipsky, lecturer in the Department of Teaching and Learning
  • Samer Ahmed Zafar, web developer for the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Titanya Ramsingh-Pierce, executive assistant in the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology
  • Yenisel Garcia, credentialing specialist in the Department of Credentialing

This year’s prizes included airline tickets courtesy of UM’s Business Services and tickets to an event at the BankUnited Center, courtesy of Global Spectrum. BUC tickets were raffled off to Galeazzi and Reed. As the top two point earners, Franquiz and Soriano were awarded the roundtrip airline tickets.

As a group, those at the luncheon increased their average daily step count by almost 4,000 steps. That equates to walking two more miles each day and burning an average of 200 extra calories. On average, a person can expect to lose up to 20 pounds over the course of a year simply by walking those extra steps each day.

“The program was a kick-start for me,” said Franquiz, the top point-earner who lost 26 pounds while participating in the program. “It encouraged me to be more active and it really helped me. Even my dogs benefited from the extra walks!”

More information about Walking ’Canes is available online at www.miami.edu/walkingcanes.


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