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The Wellness Center: Health oasis on campus

More than just fitness equipment

Issue date: 7/8/08 Section: News
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The Wellness Center offers many programs and classes, including a cardio dance class, Zumba.
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The Wellness Center offers many programs and classes, including a cardio dance class, Zumba.

Palm trees sway and a tropical breeze drifts through the air, while college students leisurely sip on smoothies, indulge in massages and enjoy a rejuvenating workout. At the University of Miami, all of this and more can be done without going on an island vacation; in fact, it happens every day, right on campus.

The Wellness Center, a state-of-the-art exercise and athletic facility, is many students' haven for health and stress relief during the busy academic year. Since its opening in 1996, the center has served the fitness and recreational needs of students and has even become a popular destination for social networking.

The center is located at 1241 Dickinson Drive on the Coral Gables campus.

Just the Facts

Students must bring a Cane Card to be admitted into the Wellness Center. Students planning to exercise in the fitness room should bring a towel, or plan to purchase towel service at the center's Pro Shop if they'd like towels to be supplied for them. The center's facilities include:

A fitness room, stocked with well-maintained cardio and weight equipment

A large gymnasium, including three full basketball courts that can be converted to volleyball or badminton courts

A smaller gymnasium made for indoor soccer, floor hockey, basketball, volleyball, or badminton

A jogging/walking track

A pool designed for swimming laps and water aerobics

A spa and two saunas

Racquetball courts, which can be reserved in advance

Two squash courts

A juice bar that offers healthy food choices and delicious smoothies

A fitness lab where students can receive a complimentary fitness assessment

An instructional kitchen, designed for cooking classes and events

A Studio cycling room equipped with spinning bikes

Two Classrooms

A conference room

Multi-purpose rooms for group exercise, martial arts, and more

The William Butler Atrium lounge area

Locker rooms and showers

Outside of the Wellness Center, facilities include:

Four full-length basketball courts that can be easily converted to volleyball or badminton courts

Tennis courts

The Michael Yaron Building, which stores intramural equipment

Illuminated playing fields for evening intramural flag football, soccer and other outdoor activities.

The George Smathers Courtyard and outdoor sitting area

Fitness Classes

The Wellness Center's fitness class schedule includes Cardio Kickboxing, Core Conditioning, Yoga, Studio Cycling, Guts N' Butts, and a variety of dance and stretch classes. Students who wish to register for specialized classes, such as Yoga and Studio Cycling, should signup at the Wellness Suite, located on the second floor of the center.

Health Programs and Activities

CHAMP (Canes Health Assessment and Motivation Program) is a peer-based fitness/wellness program that is free to UM students. Students receive a fitness assessment followed by peer-based counseling and follow-up assessments.

The fitness lab is staffed and equipped to perform fitness tests, including body fat composition, blood pressure screening, and VO2 max tests.

An instructional kitchen offers students the chance to learn from a local chef how to prepare simple meals and make healthy food choices.

Discussions and forums pertaining to relevant topics such as binge drinking, smoking cessation, date rape, and sexual responsibility serve to spread awareness that may lead to responsible choices.

Hours of Operation?During the academic year, the Wellness Center is open Monday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to midnight, Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Access for the fall semester begins the first day of orientation.??To learn more about the Wellness Center, call 305-284-8500 or visit www.miami.edu/wellness.

Courtesy University of Miami Wellness Center
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