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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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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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Home Is Where the ’Canes Are—and Where They Teach Pilates


How a Herbert Wellness Center Pilates instructor became part of the UM family

Leslie Leonard

Leslie Leonard

By Myranda Tarr
Special to UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Aug. 31, 2016) – When Leslie Leonard, B.A. ‘82, M.A. 85, first arrived at the University of Miami as a bright-eyed undergraduate student in 1978, she never imagined that UM and the not-yet-built Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center would one day become her home away from home.

Originally from Connecticut, Leonard traded in her winter coat and snow boots for a lifetime of flip-flops and sunglasses to pursue her education. Leonard is now a Pilates Instructor at the Herbert Wellness Center. She credits Pilates for helping her to succeed in her full-time UM position of executive assistant for student life.

“Pilates shapes my day, whether I am teaching, taking a class or taking a ten minute break away from my desk,” says Leonard. “It starts with managing my breath, which inspires me to become more open and accepting of the day.”

After receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication, Leonard left the U to enter the workforce as a sourcing manager for a local marine fuel supplier. It was during this time that she discovered her undeniable passion for Pilates.

“I started Pilates in 2000 for the same reasons many people turned to Pilates: I knew I was fit, but I also knew I wasn’t strong,” says Leonard. “I saw a sign for Pilates, and after the first few classes, I knew this would be a life-long commitment.”

Leonard started training to become a Pilates instructor herself in 2007. As fate would have it, her first Pilates instructor in Miami was none other than Brent Anderson, a UM alumnus who earned his Ph.D. in 2005 and is now adjunct professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the Miller School of Medicine.

But simply becoming a Pilates instructor was not enough for Leonard. She augmented her Pilates training by becoming a certified personal trainer and went back to school to get a degree in exercise science.

“I want to teach people that a successful movement experience can establish a greater sense of well-being,” explains the instructor. “My goal as an instructor is that each participant will use this growing self-awareness of balanced movements to enhance their life and their participation in other activities.”

Though never far from the ’Canes family, it wasn’t until 2008 that she returned to UM to teach at the Herbert Wellness Center. Three mornings a week, Leonard supervised morning workouts for the senior community participating in the LIFE program.

Leonard and her family moved back to Connecticut in 2009, but a lengthy separation from Miami was not in the cards for her. As Leonard says, it was a happy cascade of events that brought her back to UM. In 2010, her son, Stephen, continued the legacy by enrolling at UM. The rest of the family soon returned to South Florida and the mother of four picked up right where she left off at the Herbert Wellness Center, but this time as a Pilates instructor. Working at the Herbert Wellness Center turned into a family affair when Stephen became an operations assistant and later facilities supervisor. It wasn’t until 2015 that Leonard became a full-time employee at UM after reaching out to her ‘Cane network.

Leonard loves teaching at the Herbert Wellness Center because of its welcoming and comfortable environment and also because of the diverse members she encounters.

“Though no two ‘Canes are identical, when we work out together, we are all on the same page with the same goals: personal health, wellness and well-being,” adds the instructor.

Leonard praises the Pilates program at the Herbert Wellness Center, calling it one of the best in the community. With just five machines in the room, the intimate arrangement allows for one-on-one interactions and the ability to see participants from different angles to ensure safety and good form.

“Pilates is perfect for those who want to build strength from the inside out,” says Leonard. “A one-hour session is an efficient full body work out and you will see results quickly!”

Registration for fall 2016 session 1 Pilates classes closes Wednesday, September 7. Classes are open to members and non-members, and session 1 classes run from September 12 through October 23. Register by visiting the Herbert Wellness Center’s sales office Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. or online here.

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