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Faculty and Staff Shape Their Bodies, Minds—and Kids—during Week of Well-Being


From talks by author Jimmy Page on finding the “one word” that can simplify your personal and professional life, to financial planning seminars, sessions on breast health and disease prevention, and wellness fairs featuring free chair massages, vision screenings, and a fitness camp led by UM alumna and personal trainer Nicole Chaplin, the University’s third annual Week of Well-Being, held April 6-10, provided a number of opportunities for employees and students on all three campuses to tone, tighten, and test their bodies and minds

It also gave the children of UM employees the chance to see what their parents and other adults do at the U.  The week concluded Friday with the annual “Take Our Children to Work Day,” which featured all sorts of activities for children ages 8 to 14 under the theme “#MPOWR, Knowledge + Choice = Strength.” On the Gables campus, the day included a pizza lunch at the Student Activities Center and visits to schools and colleges.

“It was an amazing week,” said Nerissa E. Morris, vice president for human resources, which spearheads Week of Well-Being. “Each year participation and enthusiasm surrounding the event grow. It was great to see faculty, staff, and students from across our campuses and at several satellite locations engaged in wellness activities. From wellness fairs, to financial education, a focus on culture transformation, and the involvement of families during Take Our Children to Work Day, it truly was an impactful week.”

Morris credited extraordinary teamwork for making the week a success. “I’d like to extend my sincerest thanks to all who participated—to supervisors for supporting participation, and especially to the event organizers and volunteers.”

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Update on VitalMD and Aetna


VitalMD is a large physician practice in Florida consisting primarily of ob-gyn and pediatric providers. The University recently learned that, after several months of negotiations, the contract between VitalMD and Aetna will be terminated on November 15. Negotiations are ongoing between Aetna and VitalMD, and the University has expressed to Aetna its desire to retain VitalMD within the Aetna network. Although our hope is that an agreement will be reached prior to the stated termination date, it is also possible that an agreement will be reached after that deadline passes.  Should that occur, UM will work with Aetna to process any claims incurred during the termination window.  We will continue to provide updates each week.

If you have any questions, please contact HR-Benefits at 305-284-3004 or complete the online form.

To schedule an appointment with a UHealth Ob-Gyn, call UHealth Connect, the UM employee-dedicated appointment line, at 305-243-CARE (2273).

 

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From Food to Finances, Meditation to Men’s Health, UM’s Week of Well-Being Promotes Holistic Health


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By Robert C. Jones Jr.

Fidelity's Kathy Murphy with UM President Donna E. Shalala during one of the Week of Well-Being's many offerings.

Fidelity’s Kathy Murphy with UM President Donna E. Shalala during one of the Week of Well-Being’s many offerings.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 07, 2014) — It was a “wakeup call” for Kathy Murphy’s mother that came at the wrong time. With three of six children in college, her husband died at 57, leaving her to raise a family alone and figure out how to budget and save.

“We focused a lot on saving, but not investing,” Murphy, president of Fidelity Personal Investing, told an audience of about 300 University of Miami employees. Read the full story

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UM Recognized for Its Commitment to Wellness 



From left are Nerissa Morris, vice president of human resources; Gretchen Semancik, senior development director for the Miami-Dade Heart Walk, Greater Miami/Fort Lauderdale Market - American Heart Association; and Jennifer Cohen, executive director of HR-Benefits.

From left are Nerissa Morris, vice president of human resources; Gretchen Semancik, senior development director for the Miami-Dade Heart Walk, Greater Miami/Fort Lauderdale Market – American Heart Association; and Jennifer Cohen, executive director of HR-Benefits.

For the fourth consecutive year the American Heart Association has named the University of Miami a Fit-Friendly Worksite, a designation that honors the institution for advancing the health and well-being of its employees by offering benefits such as fitness programs and workout facilities. UM achieved gold-level recognition as a Fit-Friendly worksite.

“We are extremely honored and excited about this recognition,” said Nerissa Morris, vice president for human resources and chair of the UM Wellness Advisory Council. “As we come off a very successful inaugural event focused on the overall well-being of our faculty, staff, and students, and as we prepare to launch our 2013 wellness incentive program, this award serves to reinforce our message.”

Morris said  the University will continue to cultivate a culture of wellness through various incentives that include wellness centers on the Coral Gables and Miller School of Medicine campuses; programs like Walking ’Canes, Be Smoke Free, and Weight Watchers at Work; and free preventive care benefits for faculty and staff who are on a UM health care plan.

For more information on the Fit-Friendly Worksite initiative or to learn how to advance your overall well-being, visit www.miami.edu/wellcanes.

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A Week of Well-Being

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A Week of Well-Being


Chef MIchelle Bernstein serves up a tasty risotto recipe and a few cooking tips for UM employees last week at the BankUnited Center Fieldhouse.

Chef MIchelle Bernstein serves up a tasty risotto recipe and a few cooking tips for UM employees last week at the BankUnited Center Fieldhouse.

It started with a cooking demonstration from a famous chef, quickly gained momentum with a Wellness Fair and outdoor yoga session, and culminated with a lecture on the benefits of a plant-based diet.

The University of Miami’s inaugural Week of Well-Being, five days of health-related events designed to transform the way employees and students think about their health, came to a close on April 5. Read the full story

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