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Combat the Inactivity Epidemic: Fill Your Exercise Rx

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The wellness centers offer a Supervised Exercise Program that helps participants improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, mood, concentration, and sleep patterns.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 26, 2017) – The United States is currently experiencing an “inactivity epidemic” resulting in tremendous costs and consequences. Research studies show that 150 minutes per week of moderate-to-intense physical activity is required to achieve optimum health benefits. But more than half of adults do not meet the recommendations for sufficient physical activity.

To combat physical inactivity, the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center and UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center are celebrating Exercise is Medicine Month this May. Exercise is Medicine (EIM) is a global health initiative managed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The purpose of EIM is to encourage primary care physicians and other health care providers to include exercise when designing treatment plans for patients. The University of Miami Wellness Centers offer several programs and services for both members and non-members promoting safe, smart, and effective physical activity.
For those “prescribed” physical activity supervised by exercise professionals, the wellness centers offer a Supervised Exercise Program open to members and non-members. Intended to improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, mood, concentration, and sleep patterns, the Supervised Exercise Program targets individuals with cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity.
“Supervised exercise allows participants to work with skilled professionals gaining access to the resources and tools needed to positively change their lives,” says Tony Musto, director of fitness programs at the Herbert Wellness Center. “Our goal is to improve our members’ fitness levels and have them leave with the tools necessary to continue on their own.”
Research shows that physically inactive older adults who become active can offset 50 percent or more of the physical loss during these years. Living Independently Through Fitness and Exercise (L.I.F.E.) at the Herbert Wellness Center is open to members and non-members and designed specifically for individuals 65 years of age or older to improve strength and flexibility, enhance activities of daily living, remain independent for as long as possible, and prevent falls.
“Coming to the L.I.F.E. program is like coming home to family,” says Hope, a L.I.F.E. member since 2000. “We all support one another during the exercise sessions and in our personal lives. Not only do I feel good physically, but mentally as well!”
There are approximately seven to 10 million people worldwide living with Parkinson’s disease, and studies show that the repetitive rhythm and movements of cycling help decrease symptoms in Parkinson’s patients. Exercise helps people with Parkinson’s maintain balance, mobility, and daily living activity. Following its success at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, the Herbert Wellness Center introduced Cycling for Parkinson’s, a program targeting the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The program, open to members and non-members, features two one-hour cycling sessions a week during which participants are able to keep a steady pace.
“Cycling for Parkinson’s is convenient and the instructors are helpful and provide feedback,” one participant of the program says. “I often need discipline and motivation to keep up my exercise routine, and this class is perfect for that.”
No matter how active you have been throughout your life, the University of Miami Wellness Centers are ready to guide you in your fitness journey. For more information about the Herbert Wellness Center’s exercise programs and services, click here. To learn more about the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, click here.

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Advanced LASIK Procedure Now Offered at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center

The most advanced LASIK vision correction procedure—already offered by Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of the University of Miami Health System, at its Miami health district and Palm Beach Gardens locations—is coming to The Lennar Foundation Medical Center on UM’s Coral Gables campus this week.

The Laser Vision Center at the Lennar Center will treat patients using the Allegretto 500 Laser, which features a guidance system that follows the actual topography of each patient’s eye. This permits individualized treatment that is unique to each patient and corrects all of the aberrations in the patient’s cornea. The result is crisper, clearer vision correction than is available with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or other LASIK systems.

“Some patients notice a dramatic difference immediately after the procedure, and almost all patients recover from any discomfort quickly enough to drive themselves to a follow-up check the next morning,” said Sonia H. Yoo, M.D., professor of ophthalmology, who will be one of the Bascom Palmer surgeons performing the procedure at the Lennar Center.

Still, said Yoo, not every patient is a good candidate for LASIK surgery. Conditions that typically disqualify a patient are having dry eye, a cornea that is too thin or irregular astigmatism.

“Where you choose to have your laser vision correction is critical,” said William W. Culbertson, M.D., another Bascom Palmer surgeon who will be treating patients at the Lennar Center, and professor of ophthalmology at the University of Miami Miller school of Medicine. “We have 35 years of experience with refractive surgery, and we have trained on every piece of equipment available, including the new Allegretto 500. Our patients can be confident that they are receiving the best LASIK treatment in South Florida.”

Ben Riestra, M.B.A., chief administrative officer at the Lennar Center, is excited about the opening of the Laser Vision Center.

“The concept behind the Lennar Center is bringing UHealth’s unmatched outpatient specialty services to Coral Gables, closer to where many of our patients, and prospective patients, live,” he said. “The Laser Vision Center will be one more way we provide both close-to-home convenience and state-of-the-art clinical treatment.”

To make an appointment at the Laser Vision Center, call 305-326-6575.

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Free Skin Screenings

WellCanes-608x342The Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, in partnership with Well ’Canes, offers free full-body skin examinations for University of Miami faculty and staff enrolled in a UM/Aetna medical plan. Skin cancer screenings are recommended for everyone, regardless of personal or family medical history.

Skin cancer is prevalent in south Florida with more than one out of five people developing skin cancer in their lifetime.  There are three major forms of skin cancer.  Basal cell carcinoma is the most common, often present on the face, particularly the nose, and may appear as a translucent area, which can easily breakdown and bleed.  Squamous cell carcinoma generally develops in heavily sun damaged areas on the face and arms and appears as a firm scaly area, which may be somewhat tender when picked.

The most deadly major form of skin cancer in melanoma.  Melanoma can be tricky to identify early as it often appears similar to a mole; however, it tends to not match the other moles on the body. As it grows, it becomes progressively more non-uniform.  In a recent study from Germany death from melanoma was decreased by 47% in men and 49% in women suggesting skin cancer screening saves lives.  Early detection also results in simpler and smaller cancer treatments resulting in less scarring if treatment is necessary.

UM offers free skin cancer screening to all it employees enrolled in a UM/Aetna medical plan on an annual basis.  These screenings are designed to be quick to allow you to return to work right away.  Most patients can be in and out of the office within 15 minutes.  If biopsies or other advanced care, such as use of total body photos or confocal imaging, are required, then a formal appointment will be required.  If a lesion poses concern, patients may choose to follow up with a physician of their choice and UM dermatology will expedite the appointment if a UM physician is chosen.  Ultimately, it is the patient’s responsibility to follow up on a lesion.

Please call 305-243-6704 to schedule your appointment with our dermatologists. Remember to bring your Aetna medical insurance card to your appointment. For additional information about the University of Miami’s wellness offerings, visit www.miami.edu/wellcanes.

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Life Strategies for Managing Stress

This seminar, offered by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP), provides participants with an understanding of stress and the ways it can be managed to optimize health. Stressors are hard at work in many facets of our lives. Learn to develop proactive responses that can help to lower stress, shift mindsets, and eliminate unhealthy habits. This seminar will be facilitated by a UM FSAP consultant.

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

Rosenstiel campus: Wednesday, April 19, 12-1 p.m., Library Media room

Miller School campus: Thursday, April 20, 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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Free Skin Cancer Screenings and Well ’Canes Points

The Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, in partnership with ’Well Canes, offers free full-body skin examinations for University of Miami faculty and staff enrolled in a UM/Aetna medical plan. Skin cancer screenings are recommended for everyone, regardless of personal or family medical history.

Skin cancer is prevalent in South Florida with more than one out of five people developing skin cancer in their lifetime. There are three major forms of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common, often present on the face, particularly the nose, and may appear as a translucent area, which can easily break down and bleed. Squamous cell carcinoma generally develops in heavily sun damaged areas on the face and arms and appears as a firm scaly area, which may be somewhat tender when picked.

The most deadly major form of skin cancer in melanoma. Melanoma can be tricky to identify early as it often appears similar to a mole; however, it tends to not match the other moles on the body. As it grows, it becomes progressively more non-uniform. In a recent study in Germany, deaths from melanoma decreased by 47 percent in men and 49 percent in women, suggesting skin cancer screenings save lives. Early detection also results in simpler and smaller cancer treatments, resulting in less scarring if treatment is necessary.

UM offers free skin cancer screenings to all it employees on an annual basis. These screenings are designed to be quick to allow you to return to work right away. Most patients can be in and out of the office within 15 minutes. If biopsies or other advanced care, such as use of total body photos or confocal imaging, are required, then a formal appointment will be required. If a lesion poses concern, patients may choose to follow up with a physician of their choice and UM dermatology will expedite the appointment if a UM physician is chosen. Ultimately, it is the patient’s responsibility to follow up on a lesion.

Please call 305-243-6704 to schedule your appointment with our dermatologists. Remember to bring your Aetna medical insurance card to your appointment.

 

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