UM employees get rewarded for getting fit

August 18, 2014 — Coral Gables, Fla. — UM employees on all campuses, and their spouses or same-sex domestic partners with University of Miami-sponsored health insurance, are eligible for the University of Miami’s Sports, Health, and Physical Exercise for University People (SHAPE UP) program. SHAPE UP provides a partial reimbursement for the cost of membership at either the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center or the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center.

To promote a lifestyle of health and wellness, SHAPE UP rewards UM employees for continued exercise. After their workout either in the Herbert Wellness Center, UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, or elsewhere, employees enrolled in SHAPE UP can log their physical activity and receive points. Once a participant reaches 42 points within 4 months, a reimbursement check worth 20 percent of the total cost of a four-month membership is issued via a check mailed to the employee’s home. A minimum four-month membership is required to enroll in the program.

“Everyone is very busy with work, family obligations, and other responsibilities,” says Patty Swift, assistant director of budget and marketing at the Herbert Wellness Center. “But research shows that just 30 minutes of exercise three times a week will result in health benefits regardless of how strenuous the activity.”

SHAPE UP points, separate from UM’s Well ‘Canes points, can be earned for 30 minutes of a variety of physical activities. For example, 30 minutes of walking or playing basketball is worth one point each. SHAPE UP participants can earn up to one point per day and four points per week.

For more information about the Herbert Wellness Center’s SHAPE-UP program, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), call the sales office at 305-284-5433 or visit

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