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HealthyCampus Week Returns October 16-20

Healthier.PartnershipCORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 9, 2017) – Healthy Campus Week returns to the University of Miami October 16-20 when the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center, in collaboration with the Partnership for a Healthier America Healthier Campus Initiative, will present a variety of special events and activities free to the UM community.

Beginning on Monday, October 16, get ready to challenge yourself with the Fitness Challenge. Think you can out-sweat the competition? Join the challenge to prove it! Check in at the Fitness Desk for more information.

Also on Monday, start the week off on the right foot with Cycling in the Atrium at 6:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 5:30 p.m., or 7:15 p.m.

Be the Best U on Tuesday, October 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Wellness Center Atrium, where there will be complimentary fitness testing, blood pressure screenings, and giveaways.

Bring your own mat (B.Y.O.M.) to UM’s Largest Yoga Class at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18 in Centre Court. This yoga class is free and open to the UM community. Enter the raffle for the chance to win a Manduka yoga mat.

Stop by Thursday, October 19, to meet all the UM campus partners involved in making the healthy choice the easy choice at the Healthy ‘Cane Network Wellness Fair from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Herbert Wellness Center Atrium.

Finish the week with relaxing chair massages on Friday, October 20 from 3–6 p.m. in the Herbert Wellness Center Atrium. In addition, Fitness Challenge winners will be announced on Friday. Winners will also receive Manduka yoga mats.

The Partnership for a Healthier America works with the private sector to ensure the health of the nation’s youth and end childhood obesity. By brokering commitments with colleges and universities, the Healthier Campus Initiative helps campuses adopt guidelines around food and nutrition, physical activity and programming.

“This is the fourth year of UM’s collaboration with Partnership for a Healthier America and the University has made great strides to make our campus a healthier one,” said Scott Levin, executive director of the Herbert Wellness Center. “From providing healthier food and beverage services at on-campus dining venues to encouraging physical activity and movement through facilities and programs on campus, every UM partner is committed to helping students, faculty, and staff make healthier choices that will ensure their personal and professional success.”

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Relieve Post-Irma Stress with Free Meditation Class at the Herbert Wellness Center

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 2, 2017) – While our school and community continue recovering from Hurricane Irma, the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center has added an additional meditation class to help participants regain mind-clarity and get back into a routine. Improve your physical and emotional responses to stress while increasing your health and happiness at the free meditation class open to members and non-members on Wednesday, October 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Meditation is known to stimulate relaxation, which in turn might reduce blood pressure. Meditation can also alleviate conditions caused or worsened by stress, by decreasing metabolism, lowering blood pressure, and improving the heart rate, breathing, and brain waves.

Studies show that meditation may enhance the brain’s ability to process information. Not only can your memory expand, but your empathy and sense of self may improve as well. Meditation also assists in fostering compassion, happiness, and focus.

The meditation class, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the conference room on the second floor of the Wellness Center. Comfortable clothing is recommended. The next meditation class will be Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information or to register for the class, call 305-284-5433 or email wellnesscenter@miami.edu.


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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Love Brick on the Herbert Wellness Center’s Love Bridge

Love.BridgeWith Valentine’s Day just around the corner, why not declare your eternal love on a brick on the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center’s Love Bridge? Join the hundreds of UM alumni and friends of the Herbert Wellness Center who have chosen to celebrate someone special in their lives with a Love Brick.

Not only does a Love Brick publically proclaim your love for someone you care deeply about, but funds from the bricks help put UM students on the permanent wellness path. Initiated by Patti and Allan Herbert and supported by funds from the Love Bridge, the CHAMP (Canes Health Assessment and Motivation Program) Endowment Fund offers all UM students free fitness assessments each year they’re in school. Students use the information from these assessments to get started or stay on the right health and fitness program to achieve their wellness goals.

The Love Bridge combines two dimensions of wellness that are key to the mission of the Herbert Wellness Center. In addition to supporting emotional wellness for those who receive a brick, the program promotes physical wellness in UM students who take advantage of CHAMP. In other words, a Love Brick is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

To purchase your brick, fill out the Love Bridge brochure. For more information, contact Carmen Gilbert at 305-284-8512 or visit the Herbert Wellness Center’s website.

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Looking for the Perfect Graduation Gift? Buy a Love Brick!

ryan-dauer-from-herbertsLooking for the perfect graduation gift?  Why not congratulate your favorite graduate with a love brick on the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center’s Love Bridge? After all, love bricks are the perfect graduation gift for students who will hold the University of Miami in their hearts as they embark on their careers.

For a minimum $500 donation, you can purchase a brick on the Love Bridge to memorialize a special event, acknowledge a loved one, or to permanently show your love for UM. What’s more, Love Bricks don’t only recognize someone dear, funds from the bricks help put UM students on the permanent wellness path.

 For more information, including about special characters, please contact Carmen Gilbert at cburgess@miami.edu or visit the Love Brick order page.

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Transforming Lives at the Herbert Wellness Center: Patty Swift Leads by Example

By Myranda Tarr
Special to UM News
Patti Swift

Patty Swift

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 2, 2016)—The University of Miami culture is evolving, and at the forefront of the transformation at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center is Patty Swift, director of business operations. For more than a year, she has led the facility’s effort to integrate UM’s principles and values into the backbone of every initiative.

“We’re trying to weave the UM culture of belonging into the fabric of everything we do here,” says Swift. “From how we interview and train our student employees to our reward and evaluation systems.”
The Herbert Wellness Center has redefined its customer service training to emphasize the University’s common purpose, core values, and service standards, which are safety, caring, responsiveness, and professionalism.
“We’ve taken the culture transformation’s four service standards and developed guidelines for our student employees to follow,” says Swift. “Our hope is that these service standards will simply become second nature to them.”
Though an employee at UM for more than 20 years, Swift still speaks with invigorating passion about the University she has made her home.
“What excites me the most is seeing our intergenerational facility create programs and services that bring together all of our different constituents,” Swift says. “I love working in this mecca of wellness dedicated to improving the well-being of the University of Miami community.”
Swift is highly revered by her colleagues, student employees and even patrons at the Herbert Wellness Center. She touches the lives of all who know her, inspiring them to reach their fullest potential.
“Patty oversees several areas of responsibility, but what I most appreciate is her ability to step back and look at the big picture of the entire department,” says Scott Levin, executive director at the Herbert Wellness Center. “She sees what the University is trying to accomplish and how we can contribute to that.”
Swift knows what it means to be a good manager. She encourages her employees to get involved in the culture transformation along with other aspects outside of the Herbert Wellness Center that will ultimately enhance their professional careers.
“She leads by example,” says Elena Fajardo, customer service manager at the Herbert Wellness Center. “She gives me the tools that I need and the trust that I need to do my job and do it well. I’ve learned to apply that same principle when it comes to managing my own student staff.”
As the largest student employer on the UM campus, the Herbert Wellness Center is fundamentally focused on the development of its student employees, an effort spearheaded by Swift. Through initiatives such as its Star Student Employee Board and Student Employee Advisory Board, the facility is striving to foster a culture of belonging for its student employees.
“Patty Swift makes my life easier at work,” says Courtney Hudson, student payroll supervisor at the Herbert Wellness Center. “She is always concerned with how other people are feeling, and regardless of how busy she is, she takes the time to make sure we’re ok.”
Swift is instrumental in the continuous growth of the Herbert Wellness Center. As the longest serving staff member of the facility, Swift knows how to translate her many years of experience and wisdom into success.
“It doesn’t matter what is going on, what day of the week it is, Patty is here early and stays late,” adds Levin. “She’s very engaged in our success each and every day.”

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