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Personal trainer Naeem Bacchus, left, with Kladius Maynard after an early-morning session

Personal trainer Naeem Bacchus, left, with Kladius Maynard after an early-morning session

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 29, 2017) – Just one year after beginning personal training at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center, senior Kladius Maynard is celebrating his physical and personal transformation. After making the courageous decision to start training and living a healthier lifestyle, Maynard is now a Herbert Wellness Center regular, working out at least five days a week. The international studies and economics major attributes his health and fitness success to the personal training program and his personal trainer, UM graduate student Naeem Bacchus.

Looking back on his life one year ago, Maynard can see how personal training has positively influenced his health, fitness aptitude, and personal growth. He lost more than 100 pounds and 62.5 inches, and improved his cardiovascular fitness by 30 percent.

“I wanted to feel better about myself,” says Maynard. “I knew that incorporating a healthier lifestyle would boost my confidence, improve my interactions with other people, and help me be an all-around better person.”

Personal trainers are not just for those looking to lose weight. Individuals at any fitness level can benefit from working with a personal trainer, who tailors the training to help each client reach his or her optimal goals. Whether you are looking to enhance strength, endurance, or quality of life, Herbert Wellness Center trainers are equipped to customize programming to fit your needs.

Maynard was ready to take control of his health, but like many who try personal training, the Stanford Residential College resident assistant knew he needed outside motivation to help get him to the gym at 7 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. In order to cement long-term success, he wanted someone who encouraged him, pushed him, and motivated him to do the best he could. Enter Bacchus.

An exercise physiology graduate student and certified personal trainer, Bacchus became a trainer at the Herbert Wellness Center in summer 2014. With specialties in strength and conditioning, stability and mobility, he trains about eight to ten clients each week, an average number for trainers at the Herbert Wellness Center.
“I enjoy working with people and enabling them to improve their quality of life simply by sharing my knowledge and guiding them through a detailed process we plan together,” says Bacchus. “I try my best to find a way for us to accomplish their goals through specific programs.”

Nikki Reifschneider, assistant director of fitness and personal training, explains that personal trainers at the Herbert Wellness Center are UM students, typically earning degrees in an exercise- related field, such as exercise physiology, sports medicine, or physical therapy. Not only are trainers certified through a nationally recognized organization, they exhibit practical and intellectual competency and leadership in fitness while also learning the newest and most up-to-date information in their respective education fields on a day-to-day basis.

While teaching physical movement is a large part of the personal trainer’s work, there is also a lesser-known responsibility to connect with clients on a psycho-emotional level. After a year of training together, Maynard views Bacchus as more than a personal trainer; he is also a friend.

“I feel we developed a friendship outside the professional trainer-trainee relationship, and that’s what makes it easier,” Maynard says with reverence. “Because Naeem connects with me on other aspects of life outside health and wellness, it is like I am working out with a friend more so than someone I am paying.”

Personal training is built on a foundation of trust and respect. Maynard attributes his success to feeling completely comfortable and at ease with his trainer. He knows Bacchus is there to support him, teach him, and guide him.

Since embarking on his personal training journey with Bacchus, Maynard can confidently say his life has changed for the better. In addition to improvements in his fitness abilities, flexibility, and overall strength, Maynard notices exponential enhancements in his quality of life, self-image and confidence. Not only is Maynard healthier physically, he is also healthier mentally.

“Working with Klad is very inspiring and beyond anything I could have ever imagined,” says Bacchus. “Kladius puts in all the work, but knowing I was able to help him change his life permanently in just over a year is absolutely incredible.”

The Herbert Wellness Center currently employs 17 personal trainers from a wide variety of backgrounds and specialties. Personal training is ideal for someone looking for a structured exercise program, movement assessments, proper technique instruction, motivation, accountability, and a mentor or friend.

“Beginning this process is bound to be scary and that is a natural feeling to have,” adds Maynard. “But starting to work out is the hardest decision to make and from there on out, everything else is easier.”

To learn more about the personal training program and start your personal training experience, click here.

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Find Your Best U During the Week of Well-Being April 3-7

WOW-Web-Home-SmallTake care of your body, mind, and spirit to find your best U during the University of Miami’s fifth annual Week of Well-Being, April 3-7, when faculty, staff, and students on all three campuses are invited to transform the way they think about psychological health through a number of exciting events, including Wellness Fairs featuring free massages, samples from local health food vendors, and giveaways from various booths

CAMPUS SCHEDULES:

Coral Gables

Wellness Fairs
Wednesday, April 5 | 10 am – 2 pm | The Lennar Foundation Medical Center
Thursday, April 6 | 10 am – 2 pm | Foote University Green

The Laughing Guide to Well-Being
Thursday, April 6 | 10:30 am | Shalala Student Center, Activities Room | REGISTER
Thursday, April 6 | 11:30 am | Shalala Student Center, Activities Room | REGISTER

There’s No Place Like Om
Thursday, April 6 | 11:30 a.m. | Foote University Green

Mindfulness Training
Thursday, April 6 | 1 p.m. | Shalala Student Center, Senate Room

Miller School of Medicine

Wellness Fair
Monday, April 3 | 10 am – 2 pm | Schoninger Research Quadrangle

The Laughing Guide to Well-Being
Monday, April 3 | 9 am | Don Soffer Clinical Research Center, Broad-Bussel Auditorium | REGISTER
Monday, April 3 | 10 am | Don Soffer Clinical Research Center, Broad-Bussel Auditorium | REGISTER

There’s No Place Like Om
Monday, April 3 | 12 pm | Schoninger Research Quadrangle

Mindfulness Training
Monday, April 3 | 1 pm | Don Soffer Clinical Research Center, Broad-Bussel Auditorium

Rosenstiel School

Wellness Fair
Tuesday, April 4 | 10 am – 2 pm | Breezeway

The Laughing Guide to Well-Being
Tuesday, April 4 | 1:30 pm | Auditorium | REGISTER

There’s No Place Like Om
Tuesday, April 4 | 11:30 am | Breezeway

Mindfulness Training
Tuesday, April 4 | 12:30 pm | Marine Auditorium

Satellite Locations

Click here to view the schedule for your satellite location. For more information, visit miami.edu/wow.

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Free Colorectal Cancer Screening for Employees

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Together with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, the University of Miami encourages employees and their spouses/partners to get tested in accordance with screening guidelines. Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer among men and women in the U.S. With regular screenings, polyps and pre-cancerous growths can be removed before they become cancer, and early cancers can be treated more effectively. Survival rate for early-stage colon cancer is higher than 90 percent.

The Miller School of Medicine is one of many organizations in the U.S. that pledged to promote screening for colorectal cancer and to reach the goal of “80 percent by 2018,” established by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable and the American Cancer Society.

There are several options for screening. For adults ages 50-75 with no risk factors or symptoms, the recommendations are either a fecal occult blood test, such as the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) once a year, a sigmoidoscopy every five years, or colonoscopy every 10 years.

To get a colonoscopy, contact your doctor to get an order for the test. If you want to have the test at UHealth, call 305-243-8644 to schedule the procedure.

An alternative to a colonoscopy is FIT, a noninvasive test of a sample of your stool that can be done in the privacy of your own home. Only one sample is needed, and there are no dietary restrictions as with previous stool tests. You may be eligible if you are age 50-75, and do not have any of the following: personal or family history of colon cancer, Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, or blood in your stool. If you have any of these conditions, ask your doctor what is the best screening test for you.

To order an FIT kit for yourself and your spouse/partner, click on this link: https://is.gd/CRC_Screening

Informational websites about colorectal cancer:

 

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Top 4 Reasons You Should Join Team UM

Corporate-RunRegistration for this year’s Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run/Walk closes Wednesday, March 22. If you have not registered yet, here are four reasons why you should register now:

1. SAVINGS: $15 off your registration fee

2. FREE POINTS: 150 points toward your Well ‘Canes Incentive Program

3. PARTY: Enjoy an oceanfront Greek Food Festival under our largest tent to date

4. PRIZES: You will be automatically entered to win one of four 4-day Disney Parks tickets, an additional 500 Well ‘Canes Incentive Program points, two box seats to the Miami Marlins game on April 29, or two box seats to a UM baseball game this season.

One of the nation’s largest 5K (3.1 miles) races, the Corporate Run/Walk will take place at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami on Thursday, April 27. Last year, Team UM took the crown of the largest team out of the 860 companies participating. Let’s be the team to beat again at the city’s largest office party while enjoying a night of exercise, food, entertainment, and prizes. Visit miami.edu/corporaterun for more details.

 

 

 

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Fuel Your Body, Train Your Mind at the Herbert Wellness Center

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 8, 2017) – March is National Nutrition Month and the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center is celebrating with several special events. As part of Nutrition Month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is encouraging everyone to “Put Your Best Fork Forward” and discover the best healthy eating style for you. The Herbert Wellness Center is hosting Fuel your Body, Train your Mind week from Tuesday, March 28 through Thursday, March 30, to help all ’Canes find their nutritional fit.

“How and what we eat is imperative to our health,” says Christina WooChing, wellness program administrator at the Herbert Wellness Center. “There is no best way for everyone to fuel their body. We are here to help the University of Miami community make better and smarter choices about their nutrition.”

Fuel your Body, Train your Mind week features the following events:

Healthy Snacks for Recovery
Tuesday, March 28, 12 – 2 p.m., 5 – 7 p.m.
Herbert Wellness Center Atrium
Learn how to create a complete snack to best nourish your body in its recovery after exercise. Healthy Snacks for Recovery is sponsored by Kind Bar.

Decoding Diets
Wednesday, March 29, 12 – 6 p.m.
Herbert Wellness Center Atrium
There are a lot of fad diets that people join for quick fixes. Find out which guides are best if you are looking to change your eating habits, and learn about diets you’ve tried in the past.

Ultra Body Workout
Wednesday, March 29, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Herbert Wellness Center Centre Court
Mix up your exercise routine and feel the burn at this total body workout.

The Truth About Supplements
Thursday, March 30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Herbert Wellness Center Atrium
Educate yourself on how supplements truly affect and support your body and training.

Every bite counts. Even making simple changes to your eating habits and behavior inspire a lifetime of healthy living and wellbeing.

To learn more about National Nutrition Month, click here.

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