Cardiovascular (CV) Wellness is a supervised exercise program for sedentary individuals who are at an increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease and/or diabetes. The primary goal of the CV Wellness program is to improve an individual’s cardiovascular fitness level and provide the necessary tools for long-term exercise adherence.  Recent studies indicate that poor cardiovascular fitness is one of the most important indicators of increased risk of heart disease.  An improvement in fitness level lowers resting heart rate and blood pressure as well as help control blood sugar, improve cholesterol and assist in weight control.


CV Wellness is currently available to University of Miami faculty and staff and their spouses and domestic partners who have UM sponsored health insurance. Ideally, this program is for the person who was told they need to begin an exercise program but they do not know where to start. This program is not for those who are currently exercising regularly.

Participants must posses at least two of the following risk factors:

  • Body mass index of 30 or greater
  • A waist size of 40 inches or greater for men and 35 inches or greater for women
  • High blood pressure (140/90 or higher) or take blood pressure medication
  • Use tobacco products or have quit within the last 6 months
  • Total cholesterol over 200 OR good cholesterol less than 35 OR bad cholesterol higher than 130
  • Impaired fasting glucose or on anti-hyperglycemic medication
  • Sedentary lifestyle (very little daily physical activity or not involved in a regular exercise program)

Program Times and Location

CV Wellness is conveniently offered every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Participants can choose from the 6:30 AM, 7:30 AM or 8:30 AM session. The typical exercise session lasts 40-60 minutes. The program is ongoing so you can join whenever you are ready to make the commitment. You must complete the program within 14 weeks.

CV Wellness is held in the privacy of the fitness lab located on the second floor of the Herbert Wellness Center.

Program Cost

To get started, a $50 non-reimbursable assessment fee is required. The cost of the exercise sessions is $225. Benefits Administration will reimburse 75% of the cost to faculty and staff who successfully complete the program. Therefore, the cost of the exercise sessions is only $56.25 if you successfully complete the program. Successful completion is defined as completing all 36 exercise sessions within 14 weeks. The program includes the following:

  • Fitness assessment
  • Regular physical activity and nutrition consulting
  • 36 supervised exercise sessions
  • Follow-up assessment and exiting exercise plan

Spouses and domestic partners who have UM health insurance are also eligible for the reimbursement. Faculty and staff can elect to pay for the exercise sessions with payroll deduction. No refunds will be given.

Learn how to get started in the CV Wellness Program Click on the “Getting Started” menu item, or call the Wellness Suite at 305-285-LIFE (5433).


In the News

Gary Levin says he had all kinds of excuses for avoiding exercise and only took action when his employer stepped in. After a company-administered health risk assessment, Levin, administrative director of Florida Cancer Data at University of Miami, received an e-mail invitation encouraging participation in a cardiovascular group program three nights a week. They offered him a financial incentive to sign up.
Levin meets with a trainer who works with a small group looking to lose weight and build strength. His participation means he must leave his office by 3:45 p.m. three times a week, requiring flexibility in his schedule. ``They have given me motivation and opportunity.’‘

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