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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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Combat the Inactivity Epidemic: Fill Your Exercise Rx


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The wellness centers offer a Supervised Exercise Program that helps participants improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, mood, concentration, and sleep patterns.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 26, 2017) – The United States is currently experiencing an “inactivity epidemic” resulting in tremendous costs and consequences. Research studies show that 150 minutes per week of moderate-to-intense physical activity is required to achieve optimum health benefits. But more than half of adults do not meet the recommendations for sufficient physical activity.

To combat physical inactivity, the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center and UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center are celebrating Exercise is Medicine Month this May. Exercise is Medicine (EIM) is a global health initiative managed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The purpose of EIM is to encourage primary care physicians and other health care providers to include exercise when designing treatment plans for patients. The University of Miami Wellness Centers offer several programs and services for both members and non-members promoting safe, smart, and effective physical activity.
For those “prescribed” physical activity supervised by exercise professionals, the wellness centers offer a Supervised Exercise Program open to members and non-members. Intended to improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, mood, concentration, and sleep patterns, the Supervised Exercise Program targets individuals with cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity.
“Supervised exercise allows participants to work with skilled professionals gaining access to the resources and tools needed to positively change their lives,” says Tony Musto, director of fitness programs at the Herbert Wellness Center. “Our goal is to improve our members’ fitness levels and have them leave with the tools necessary to continue on their own.”
Research shows that physically inactive older adults who become active can offset 50 percent or more of the physical loss during these years. Living Independently Through Fitness and Exercise (L.I.F.E.) at the Herbert Wellness Center is open to members and non-members and designed specifically for individuals 65 years of age or older to improve strength and flexibility, enhance activities of daily living, remain independent for as long as possible, and prevent falls.
“Coming to the L.I.F.E. program is like coming home to family,” says Hope, a L.I.F.E. member since 2000. “We all support one another during the exercise sessions and in our personal lives. Not only do I feel good physically, but mentally as well!”
There are approximately seven to 10 million people worldwide living with Parkinson’s disease, and studies show that the repetitive rhythm and movements of cycling help decrease symptoms in Parkinson’s patients. Exercise helps people with Parkinson’s maintain balance, mobility, and daily living activity. Following its success at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, the Herbert Wellness Center introduced Cycling for Parkinson’s, a program targeting the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The program, open to members and non-members, features two one-hour cycling sessions a week during which participants are able to keep a steady pace.
“Cycling for Parkinson’s is convenient and the instructors are helpful and provide feedback,” one participant of the program says. “I often need discipline and motivation to keep up my exercise routine, and this class is perfect for that.”
No matter how active you have been throughout your life, the University of Miami Wellness Centers are ready to guide you in your fitness journey. For more information about the Herbert Wellness Center’s exercise programs and services, click here. To learn more about the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, click here.

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Trainers Transform Lives


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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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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