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Learn Timesaving Cooking Techniques in Herbert Wellness Center’s Weekend Cooking Skills Series

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Cooking Skills Class

A session in the Herbert Wellness Center’s popular cooking skills series of classes.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 2, 2016) – Whether you are a culinary aficionado or looking to brush up on your cooking skills, the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center’s new cooking skills series will teach you to be the master in the kitchen.

Led by award-winning cookbook author, nutritionist, and culinary instructor Robyn Webb, the second half of the skills series, open to the South Florida community, features two back-to-back weekend sessions that teach time-saving techniques and basic cooking skills designed to make simple, easy meals quickly.

The next session in the series, “Perfect Poultry,” is scheduled for Saturday, March 19 and will cover techniques to make perfect chicken dishes everyone will love. The final session, “Hold The Meat,” will be held Saturday, March 26, and will include everything you need to know to make zesty and savory vegetarian dishes with beans, grains, and other vegetables. Both classes begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be held in the Herbert Wellness Center’s instructional kitchen.

After participating in the first half of the series, Sarah Greenblatt, a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, now has the confidence and skills to prepare meals that are delicious and healthy.

“What I love about [Robyn Webb’s] philosophy of cooking is that the food is approachable—you don’t need special equipment or ingredients to put together a great meal,” said Greenblatt. “She seamlessly incorporated cooking tricks, food science, and nutrition in a way that kept me engaged.”

Greenblatt’s biggest challenge to cooking has always been time. She struggled to have the right ingredients ready and the energy to prepare dinner after a long day at work. But Webb’s flexible approach to cooking taught her basic recipes that can be adapted to her tastes and what is in her fridge.

“Most importantly, the techniques I learned just in one class have helped me prepare fantastic meals after work, in less time than it would take to order takeout,” said Greenblatt.

Make cooking fun again with easy meals that are delectably good for you. The second half of the series costs $60 per person, but classes can be purchased individually at a prorated price. For more information or to register for the series, visit miami.edu/wellness or contact the Herbert Wellness Center at 305-284-5433.


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Turn Up the Heat with Salsa Classes and More at the Herbert Wellness Center

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Geydis Pupo teaches beginner LA-style salsa classes with John Salerno on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. LA-style is the classic version of salsa dance most recognized around the world.

Geydis Pupo teaches beginner LA-style salsa classes with John Salerno on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Herbert Wellness Center. LA-style is the classic version of salsa dance most recognized around the world.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 3, 2016) – University of Miami students, faculty, staff, and alumni come together at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center to teach the UM community how to live healthier lives. Registration for the second session of the Herbert Wellness Center’s group instructional fitness classes, often taught by UM’s own, begins Tuesday, March 8 and ends Sunday, March 20. The classes are open to members and non-members of the facility.

As dance instructors at the Herbert Wellness Center, John Salerno, Geydis Pupo, and Maru Geist are leading the way. Salerno is a research training and education core coordinator in the School of Nursing and Health Studies, Pupo is a senior in the School of Nursing and Health Studies, and Geist is an alumna from the School of Business.

“We are fortunate to have an instructor team that is comprised of UM students, faculty, staff, and alumni in that it allows us to foster a supportive and healthy community at UM,” said Michelle Kasparian, assistant director of group exercise and community classes at the Herbert Wellness Center. “Canes are teaching their fellow ’Canes how to live healthy and well.”

Learn how to be a showstopper by taking salsa classes with Salerno and Pupo, or strengthen your core, posture, and flexibility with ballet-inspired barre fitness classes taught by Geist. If you are looking for fun and easy ways to get moving and connect with fellow ’Canes, sign up for an instructional dance class—no experience necessary.

“Our members and students are so interested in learning about fitness and bringing healthy changes to their lives, that for me as an instructor, they are a dream come true,” said Geist. “Our members are committed to their goals, disciplined in their routines, and serious about challenging themselves every time they come to class.”

In addition to dance classes, adult aquatics, martial arts, tennis, and Aqua Zumba classes are offered. A free trial week of the first meeting for these instructional fitness classes is also offered beginning Monday, March 14. Registration is not required for the free class, and spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Herbert Wellness Center also offers youth aquatics classes available to members and non-members. Registration for youth aquatics opens on Tuesday, March 8 and closes on Monday, March 14. A free trial for these classes is not offered.

Register for instructional community classes online or call the sales office at 305-284-5433, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.


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Tee It Up for the Inaugural Norm Parsons IM Golf Tournament on April 1

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 24, 2016) – Tee it up ’Canes! The Department of Wellness and Recreation (DWR) introduces the Inaugural Norman C. Parsons, Jr. Intramural Golf Tournament, open to members and non-members of the Herbert Wellness Center. The tournament, a two-person scramble, begins with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 1 at the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club, with proceeds benefiting the DWR Student Employee Development Fund.

The tournament honors the lasting impact Norm Parsons, the first executive director for the Department of Wellness and Recreation, had on the Herbert Wellness Center. For 43 years, Parsons served the University of Miami and the Division of Student Affairs with dedication, distinction, and a commitment to the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

“Norm was a strong advocate for all of our students,” said Tom Soria, assistant director of intramurals at the Herbert Wellness Center. “As the largest student employer on campus, we emphasize teaching our student employees useful and transferable skills. With this fund, we can now further support their personal and professional development.”

The entry fee—$40 for UM students and $75 for all others—includes a cart, green fees, range balls, a boxed lunch, and a goodie bag. For more information or to register for the tournament by the March 18 deadline, visit miami.edu/wellness/parsonsgolf.


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

Love.BridgeHomecoming is a special time of year when we get to fall in love with UM all over again. Join the more than 300 UM alumni and friends of the Herbert Wellness Center who have chosen to declare their love and celebrate someone special in their lives with a Love Brick on the Herbert Wellness Center’s Love Bridge.

Not only does a Love Brick proclaim your love for someone you care deeply about, it also helps put UM students on the permanent path to wellness. 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 semester 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 honored with a brick, the program promotes physical wellness in UM students who take advantage of CHAMP. In other words, a Love Brick is the perfect way to declare your love for UM, and someone special, at homecoming.

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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Bending Over Backwards to Stay Healthy: Yoga Class Provides Body and Soul Experience

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 23, 2015) – With exercise mats unfurled, about 100 University of Miami students, faculty, and staff participated in “UM’s Largest Yoga Class” on Tuesday, stretching their spines and twisting their torsos in an hour-long session held at the Herbert Wellness Center.

Led by seven yoga instructors, two of whom walked about the Centre Court adjusting people’s posture, the free class combined movements of Vinyasa, Prana, and other forms of yoga and was part of the Partnership for a Healthier America’s (PHA) #HealthyCampus Week. During the weeklong initiative, the Wellness Center and UM Dining teamed up with other departments and divisions to highlight and promote the University’s health and wellness initiatives.

“We want to make the healthiest choice the easiest choice at UM,” said Scott Levin, executive director of the Department of Wellness and Recreation.

Levin noted that last year, UM joined 19 other colleges and universities to become part of the PHA’s Healthier Campus Initiative, a three-year commitment aimed at making college and university campuses healthier by adopting guidelines around nutrition, physical activity, and programming.

The Wellness Center is celebrating 20 years of defining wellness for the University of Miami community and will honor its anniversary with several special programs and events throughout the year. For more information about PHA’s Healthier Campus Initiative or the Wellness Center’s 20-year anniversary celebration, visit miami.edu/wellness.

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