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Seasoning the Spring at the Herbert Wellness Center

CookingCORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 8, 2018) – Are you a cooking aficionado or simply looking to brush up on your cooking skills? The Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center has a new cooking class lineup just for you. Join award-winning chef Robyn Webb, on Saturdays, March 24, and April 7, 14, and 21 as she offers an introduction into the essential cooking techniques of iconic dishes from a variety of cuisines.

March 24: The Bold Flavors of Seafood

From roasting to poaching to grilling and stir-frying, learn the simple art of preparing succulent, healthy fish. By the end of this class, you’ll learn the best techniques to put seafood on your home menu more often.

April 21: Making Vegetables Taste Great

You know you should eat them, but just how do you make vegetables taste great? This class will give you all the nuts and bolts on how to draw out the deep flavors vegetables naturally have. You’ll learn a variety of master techniques to prepare great cold salads and salad dressings, to roasting, steaming, and stir-frying garden fresh veggies.

April 7, 14: Flavors of Morocco and Italy

For all of the world travelers out there, we have a class for you. Join us for a two-part cooking series on April 7 and April 14 while we learn to cook some of the most flavorful cuisines on earth, Italian and Moroccan. Enjoy the experience of cooking food from around the world and take these experiences back to your home to share.

“Our cooking series is a great way to sample creations, explore new recipes and learn to prepare healthy menu items,” says Christina WooChing, assistant director of wellness. “Gather a group of friends and share in this culinary experience.”

Whether you are looking to hone your cooking skills or start from scratch, you’ll be moving and grooving in the kitchen in no time. Make cooking fun again with easy meals that are delectably good for you. For more information or to register for the series, visit wellness.miami.edu or contact the Herbert Wellness Center sales office at 305-284-5433.



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Live, Love, Wellness Week at the Herbert Wellness Center

blood-pressureCORAL GABLES, Fla. (February, 7, 2018) – The Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center wants you to feel the love this Valentine’s Day. In celebration of American Heart Month this February, the Herbert Wellness Center is hosting Live, Love, Wellness Week beginning Monday, February 12. It will feature several special heart-focused events, free chair massages, Valentine’s Day card decorating, blood pressure and body composition tests, and free yoga for all members.

February marks Heart Month, and the Herbert Wellness Center is encouraging all members of the University of Miami community to take charge of their health. Exercising daily and eating right are just two ways to improve your heart health.

“Developing a healthy routine is imperative to maintaining heart health,” says Christina WooChing, wellness program administrator at the Herbert Wellness Center. “By eating smart, engaging in regular activity, and cultivating a well-balanced lifestyle of wellness, you are already on your way to changing your health and your life.”

The Live, Love, Wellness Week schedule is as follows:

Are U Heart Healthy?: Monday, February 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Atrium

Make sure your heart is healthy with blood pressure screenings, body composition tests, and healthy snacks. These important tests are free of charge and will help you design effective plans for a lifestyle of wellness.

Fall in Love with U: Tuesday, February 13, 2 to 6 p.m. in the Atrium

The day before Valentine’s Day, love will be in the air at the Herbert Wellness Center. Stop by the atrium to decorate cards for partners, friends or even for yourself.

Practicing Self-Care: Wednesday, February 14, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Atrium

Self-care is an important part of a lifestyle of wellness, and the Wellness Center staff wants to help you de-stress and focus on yourself this Valentine’s Day. Stop by the atrium for free chair massages and free yoga all day for members. Priority will be given to yoga pass holders.

In addition to these Live, Love, Wellness events, your favorite studio cycling instructors will be hosting Valentine’s Day-themed rides. The themes are as follows:

Monday, February 12

6:30 a.m. Chris – Paradise Love

9:30 a.m. Sam – The Weeknd vs Selena vs Justin Bieber

5:30 p.m. Bryan – Break Up Songs

7:15 p.m. Deidre – Taylor Swift vs John Mayer vs Katy Perry


Tuesday, February 13

12 p.m. Lexi – Battle of the Exes

5:15 p.m. Lauren – Singles Empowerment

7 p.m. Liz – Love/Hate Mashup (Love vs Break Up songs)


Wednesday, February 14

6:30 a.m. Liz – Love/Hate Mashup (Love vs Break Up songs)

9:30 a.m. Stacey – Titled “Love”

5:30 p.m. Lexi – Sweetheart Ride: Pop Crush Songs

7:15 p.m. Kayla – Bruno Mars vs Justin Timberlake Love Songs


Thursday, February 15

7 p.m. Jamie – Love Songs

Studio cycling is free for all Herbert Wellness Center members. All bikes are first come, first-served.

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Celebrate Your Valentine with a Love Brick

Green love brickWith 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 that someone special in their lives with a Love Brick.

Not only does a Love Brick publically proclaim your love for someone you cherish, but funds from the bricks help put UM students on the permanent wellness path. The CHAMP (Canes Health Assessment and Motivation Program) Endowment Fund, initiated by Patti and Allan Herbert and supported by funds from the Love Bridge, 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 promotes two dimensions of wellness that are key to the mission of the Herbert Wellness Center: emotional wellness for those who receive a brick and physical wellness for 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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Battle Stress with Discounted Massages

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Jan. 17, 2018) – A relaxing massage not only reduces stress, but improves body posture and blood circulation and can even lower blood pressure. In an effort to provide University of Miami faculty and staff with a positive and high-quality work environment, the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center extends a 10-percent discount on 50-minute massages to all full- and part-time UM employees, regardless of membership status.

This spring, the Herbert Wellness Center is excited to announce the addition of two licensed massage therapists, Jose Pizarro and Yazmin Valdes.

Pizarro is a veteran of massage therapy with 12 years of experience in the field. He is an instructor at the Educating Hands School of Massage and has tailored his work to not only bring forth relaxation, but to help realign the body’s posture through a holistic approach.

Valdez has been practicing massage therapy since 2009. In 2015, she became a master of oriental medicine and teacher of eastern bodywork. Specializing on the body’s energy system, she uses a nurturing touch to promote balance, healing, and a general sense of well-being. She is constantly seeking to improve her practice through education, and is committed to providing natural therapy and wellness solutions.

“Often the first step towards being happy and healthy is living stress-free,” said Christina WooChing, assistant director of wellness programs. “Starting this semester, the Herbert Wellness Center is now offering appointments on Saturday, which will help members of the UM community to incorporate relaxation time into their regular schedules. Eliminating stress as a barrier to other healthy lifestyle choices, like getting fit and eating healthy, is a great start towards healthy living.”

Appointments are available Tuesday through Saturday for 25-minute or 50-minute sessions. The center also offers 8-hour packages, for regular appointments, at a discounted rate. Chair massage events also can be coordinated through the Herbert Wellness Center and are available to Coral Gables departments for staff events and workshops.

For more information about all of the Herbert Wellness Center’s massage services or to make an appointment for table or chair massages, call the sales office at 305-284-5433 or via our Wellness Center Membership Portal.

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SHAPE-UP with a 20-Percent Discount at the Wellness Centers

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January, 16, 2018)—Whether you’d like to improve your overall well-being or start a new wellness hobby, the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center is here for you. To promote a lifestyle of health and wellness, SHAPE-UP rewards University of Miami employees for continued exercise.

Full-time and regular part-time UM faculty and staff, and their spouses/domestic partners who have UM health insurance, are eligible to earn a 20-percent rebate on the cost of a Herbert Wellness Center membership. SHAPE-UP is an opt-in program; members can verify their enrollment with a sales representative.

Once you’re enrolled, all you have to do is earn 10 SHAPE-UP points within a calendar month. You will gain one point by simply checking into the Herbert Wellness Center or UHealth Fitness & Wellness Center every time you work out. Once you have earned the required 10 points, the rebate will be deposited directly into your paycheck of the following month.

Any type of workout counts—whether it’s utilizing the weights or machines in the Fitness Room, going for a swim in the pool, playing basketball, practicing meditation and mindfulness, or attending a group exercise class like Studio Cycling, Yoga, Zumba, Kickboxing, or Pilates, you will earn a point.

For more information about the SHAPE-UP program, email wellnesscenter@miami.edu, call the sales office at 305-284-5433 or visit miami.edu/wellness.


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