Activities and Programs

Fitness 4 Life

 Participants in a lunchtime yoga class stretching out on their mats

 

Offered through Miami's Benefits and Wellness program, Healthy Miami, free Fitness 4 Life classes and access to the Phillips Hall fitness center are available for all faculty and staff, regardless of their participation in Miami's health plan.

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Healthy Student Orgs

GreenHawks

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GreenHawks is the University’s first online, student-run publication dedicated to keeping the Miami community updated on the latest trends in sustainability and health. From how to avoid the worst of flu season to zero-waste solutions for dorm decorations, GreenHawks have got it covered!

F.A.R.M.

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Food, Accessibility, and Resilience at Miami or F.A.R.M., focuses on understanding the impacts of agricultural pursuits on environmental and human health as well as exploring diverse food systems. The organization works closely with Miami’s Institute for Food to educate the community on sustainable agriculture and healthy eating.

BarLife Callisthenics Club

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Looking to kick that gym anxiety? BarLife Calisthenics Club was created to give students a supportive space to focus on a healthy lifestyle through physical fitness. The club meets once a week to increase strength, flexibility, and overall fitness.

Outdoor Adventure Club

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Since 1973, OAC has been providing a welcoming community to anyone looking to blaze their own trail and get outside their comfort zone. The group offers affordable adventure trips to students of all skill levels and provides equipment and training to all members free of charge.

Active Minds

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Active Minds is a national organization that exists to change the conversation around mental health and illness. Miami’s branch of Active Minds forms partnerships with other organizations around campus and holds events throughout the year that promote positive mental health. One popular event is the “Stress Less Week” that helps students control stress levels with activities like yoga and dog therapy around exam time.

College Diabetes Network

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In the fall of 2014, College Diabetes Network was created to provide an active support system for students living with Type 1 diabetes. The organization provides students with easy access to resources and information that help them foster healthy lifestyles in college while living with the condition.

HAWKS Peer Health Educators

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HAWKS Peer Health Educators are a driving force in health and well-being education on campus guided by four principles, freedom, information, reflection, and engagement. HAWKS strive to help students make informed decisions and maintain a healthy lifestyle during and beyond their four years at Miami.

Mindfulness

Rooted in ancient traditions, mindfulness is the art of conscious living through self-observation, self-inquiry, and mindful action. Through practices such as meditation, yoga, journaling, and drumming, mindfulness has demonstrated positive effects on emotional health and well-being.

At Miami, the Mindfulness & Contemplative Inquiry Center in 128 McGuffey offers a place to practice mindfulness on your own. Hours: Tuesday–Thursday, 9.a.m. to 4 p.m. with half-hour guided mediation sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. 

Colorful five-pointed logo to represent mindfulness

Building Social Connections

Late Night Miami

Late Night Miami

If you're a student looking for something to do with others on the weekend, Late Night Miami offers free entertaining events every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night during the semester.

In partnership with the Division of Student Life, various student organizations, and University departments, the campus comes alive each weekend with free concerts, coffee houses, box office hit movies, block parties, casino nights and more!

Eat for a Healthier You

With our busy lifestyles, it can be difficult to eat healthier while watching your weight. Why not attack these goals from a different perspective and cut them into more manageable pieces? The following suggestions can help you do that.

Up Your Fiber Intake

Getting enough fiber may help prevent cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and may help you slim down. The recommended daily intake is 21–38 grams, but the average American eats only about 14 grams. One of the easiest ways to up your fiber intake is to eat more whole grains.

Pile on the Veggies

The majority of Americans don’t eat the daily recommended servings of vegetables. If you don't think they "taste good," get a roasting pan. Roasting vegetable caramelizes their natural sugars so they taste fantastic. Pop a pan of them in the oven and make the rest of dinner while they roast.

Cook at Home

When you cook your own food, not only do you know exactly what goes into it, you appreciate your meals more. So, hop onto Pintrest and whip up something you have been craving! Have fun with experimenting with new things!

Reduce the Sugar

Get your sweet fix with fruit or try other natural sweeteners such as honey or agave, steering away from refined, processed white sugar. Going on a 30-day sugar detox can help reset the body from craving the sticky stuff! Keeping sweet stuff out of reach can better help you control your sugar intake, so try to stay clear of the donut and candy aisle at the grocery store.

Eat More Omega-3s

Upping the amount of omega-3s will help keep your blood pressure down and could also improve your mood. Omega-3’s can be found in seafood and have the good kind of fats! Try to eat two servings of fish per week. If you’re not into seafood, add some flax into your smoothies.

Are you interested in learning more from Miami's Dining Services? If so, you'll want to follow the Miami Spread, their blog covering a variety of topics, including campus menus, special events, eating tips, and healthy recipes!

Natural Areas

A swinging bridge nestled in a forest of colorful foliage

Miami University’s natural areas are located around the campus and comprise more than 1,000 acres with 17 miles of hiking trails.

A student enjoying her book while laying on a stone bench near a pond with a fountain

In the natural areas you can hike, jog, study, bird watch, dog walk, explore, learn, discover, meditate or just be.

Miami community members participating in a Hike-A-Thon

Each year, the natural areas host the annual Hike-A-Thon, attracting nearly 1,000 outdoor enthusiasts.

Actors portraying people from history as they prepare food for cooking in a stone fireplace

The DeWitt Log House brings history to life with actors portraying people from the past.

Ecology students comparing notes in a forest during a class outing

The natural areas provide opportunities for students in field ecology to study the effects of invasive species on forests.

10 Tips for Financial Wellness

Are you a recent college graduate? Even if you've been out of school for years, you will find these tips useful for maintaining a healthy financial lifestyle:

  1. Live within your means.
  2. Use a cash flow management tool available on many bank websites or use Mint.com, Personal Capital or YNAB (You Need A Budget).
  3. Make your financial decisions represent your personal values.
  4. Be charitable, but have a plan.
  5. Minimize debt and watch recurring expenses.
  6. Don’t buy more house than you can afford.
  7. Start saving early and regularly.
  8. Start a college savings 529 plan for each of your children.
  9. Live long and prosper, but have a Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney just in case.
  10. Live longer and prosper even more, but have disability and life insurance just in case.

For more information on these tips and others, see Ten tips for financial wellness: Pack your lunch, really.

M.O.V.E.

M.O.V.E. (Miami & Oxford Value Exercise) is a no-charge, monthly fitness class hosted by President Greg and Dr. Renate Crawford. Suitable for all ages, the classes are held on Saturdays, 10–11 a.m., and unless otherwise noted, are located outside the Crawford's home, Lewis Place (310 E. High St.).

Mark your calendar for classes this fall:

  • September 7—Homecoming Weekend
  • October 19—Family Weekend
  • November 16—Celebrating Heros (Rec Center/Sports Forum)

Comfortable clothes, a water bottle, and a positive attitude are recommended!

For questions, contact Shannon Speed, 513-529-2193 or Miami Benefits and Wellness, 513-529-3492.

MOVE bootcamp group photo

President Crawford leads an exercise

Participants perform an exercise

Aerial view of MOVE bootcamp

Aerial view of MOVE bootcamp

MOVE bootcamp

Fit Workshops

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Miami Recreation offers more than 80 different group fitness classes per week during the academic year, including Spinning®, Indo-Row®, Yoga, TRX Suspension Training, Zumba®, and more! Classes are first come, first served, with admittance beginning 10 minutes before class starts.

To find your fit, see Fit Workshops and Special Events.

Bicycle Friendly University

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The Kinesiology and Health Department has 12 e-bikes available for guided bike tours of our beautiful campus. Love and Honor and 500 watts! Riders can easily pedal from Peffer Park through Western Campus, down to the stadium; from the Oxford Community Art center to the Miami Art Museum; from the Great Seal to Freedom Summer Memorial; and from McGuffey House to Dewitt Cabin fairly quickly and without sweating. Perfect for alumni and parent visits. For more details, call 513-529-2700 or email knhdept@MiamiOH.edu.