For Your Benefit

Make the Most of Social Security

Feel more secure about your Social Security choices.

Did you know that more than 60 percent of individuals do not receive the maximum benefit they deserve from Social Security? Attend this special seminar for UM employees on Wednesday, June 21, at the Lennar Foundation Medical Center to ensure you won’t be one of them.

Offered by Fidelity, at either 10 a.m. or 2 p.m., the one-hour seminar will help you:

  • Understand the importance of Social Security in your savings plan
  • Take the steps you need to maximize your claiming strategy
  • Plan for your retirement income

Please feel free to bring a guest but space is limited, so register by June 16 by calling 1-800-642-7131 or visiting getguidance.fidelity.com and following these steps: Choose ‘Attending a Special Event.’ Fill in your information. Select ‘Attend Workshop’ and then ‘Confirm Your Appointment.’

For more information, call Fidelity Investments at 1-800-642-7131.


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Mindful Living

This Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) 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. Facilitated by a UM Faculty and Staff Assistance Program consultant, this month’s practice will focus on the development of a body scan practice. Attend to awaken your innate capacity for mindful living and nurture a practice to positively inspire every facet of your life.

Rosenstiel campus: Tuesday, June 20, 12-1 p.m., Library Media Room

Miller School campus: Wednesday, June 21, 12-1 p.m., Don Soffer Clinical Research Center, room 692

Coral Gables campus: Thursday, June 22, 12-1 p.m., McKnight Building, room 201AB

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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Ensuring a Safe Virtual Connection

MadeForU-608x342virtual private network (VPN) is a secure connection between your computer and any website or application. Connecting to the Internet via a VPN adds an extra layer of security on your computer by encrypting your data. Whether you are browsing the Internet while having coffee at your local cafe or logging in to your bank account while traveling abroad, a VPN creates a private and secure virtual connection between you and the web! Learn more about the VPN via UMIT’s showcase, “Made for U.”

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Limited Spots Remain in Herbert Wellness Center’s Mini Canes Camp

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 25, 2017) – Mini Canes Recreational Sports Camp at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center is still accepting campers for a limited number of available spots. Mini Canes Camp is open to children ages 6-12, and spaces are available in sessions two, three, and four for the 9- and 10-year-old age group, and all four sessions for the 11- and 12-year-old age group. Registration is open to both the University of Miami and the local Coral Gables communities.

Mini Canes Camp runs for four two-week sessions beginning, Monday, June 12. Parents have the option to sign their children up for any combination of sessions, depending on availability. Camp drop-off begins at 8:45 a.m. and pick-up begins at 4 p.m. Before and aftercare are available for additional fees.

Camp Session Dates 

  • Session 1: June 12 – 23
  • Session 2: June 26 – July 7 (Closed Tuesday, July 4)
  • Session 3: July 10 – 21
  • Session 4: July 24 – August 4

Mini Canes Camp divides campers into groups by age, and they participate in a variety of activities focused on sports, health, and wellness. The sports vary by sessions but include basketball, kickball, flag football, soccer, and softball.

“In addition to sports, campers engage in a variety of educationally focused activities each day, including wellness education, arts and crafts, cooking lessons, special events, and daily swim lessons,” said Tom Soria, director of Mini Canes Camp at the Herbert Wellness Center. “Not only will campers have fun this summer, they will also learn how to live a lifestyle with health, fitness, and safety in mind.”

Every two-week camp session culminates with an extravaganza show performed by the campers. Parents, family, and friends are invited to watch as their children sing, dance, and act in a special themed show.

To expedite registration, visit http://www.miami.edu/wellness/camp and download and complete the necessary enrollment packet in advance. Camper enrollment packets must be delivered in person to the Mini Canes office on the second floor of the Herbert Wellness Center. Incomplete registration materials will not be accepted. For complete registration procedures, click here.

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Supervised Exercise Program Available at UM Wellness Centers

Individuals who are not currently exercising and would like to start a new routine under the guidance of an exercise professional may be eligible for the Supervised Exercise Program provided by the UM Wellness Centers. Participants will be given an initial fitness assessment that will be used to create a personalized exercise prescription that includes a series of goals.

The program is available to faculty and staff. To participate, you must possess at least two of the following risk factors:

  • Body mass index (BMI) greater than 27
  • Waist circumference greater than 40 inches (males) or 35 inches (females)
  • Diagnosed with high blood pressure or taking blood pressure medication
  • Diagnosed with high cholesterol or taking cholesterol lowering medication
  • Diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes
  • Exercise less than 90 minutes per week
  • Physician’s clearance required prior to program enrollment

Classes will be offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center; and Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center. The cost is $300 for the 12-week program. In addition, UM employees who complete the program will receive a 20 percent rebate and 550 Well ’Canes points. Payroll deduction is available.

For more information, click here or call the Wellness Centers at 305-284-8503 (Herbert Wellness Center) or 305-243-7802 (UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center).

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