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M Park by The Shops at Midtown Miami
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The Shops at Midtown Miami Opens Highly-Anticipated M Park

M Park by The Shops at Midtown Miami re-opened as a new and improved community park. Located between Nordstrom Rack and West Elm, M Park will be a wonderful addition to the daily life of both neighborhood residents and travelers alike with a capacity of over 200 people.

The new park consists of two areas: an open grassy space with welcoming seating for relaxing and events, and an enclosed playground for kids. The vibrantly-colored playground is designed for children aged two to 12, consisting of four separate play structures for visitors to enjoy. The play structures feature multiple levels with climbers, slides, rock walls, cargo climbing nets and monkey bars under integrated sail shades. The two sides of the park, connected by a large Gumbo Limbo tree in the center for shade, are surrounded by artificial turf.

“We are excited to welcome the community to the new and improved M Park in the heart of Midtown Miami.” said Richard Forrest, Vice President of Property Management. “There was a need in Midtown for a beautiful green space for locals and visitors to stop by, recharge and let their kids play. The Community Development District worked hard to transform M Park into a premier destination for fun, creativity and relaxation for the city of Miami. We are excited and proud to share it with our neighbors and shoppers.”

While an official grand opening event for the community and local dignitaries is slated for Saturday, August 21, you’ll still be able to take advantage of the new green space until then with regular activations and local events. But even if you’re not going there for a happening, you can still head there to relax and enjoy a picnic with food from one of The Shops at Midtown Miami’s many restaurants, and take in the beauty of a growing neighborhood.

This was originally published on the Culture Crusaders and can be found here.

M Park by The Shops at Midtown Miami re-opened as a new and improved community park. Located between Nordstrom Rack and West Elm, M Park will be a wonderful addition to the daily life of both neighborhood residents and travelers alike with a capacity of over 200 people.

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Juneteenth Freedom Ride 2021
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Join the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Freedom Ride Presented by Break the Cycle on June 19

Break the Cycle is joining SocialXchange, Muscle Mom, Let's Ride 305, and Nationwide Ridas for the 2nd annual Juneteenth Freedom Ride on Saturday, June 19 at 9:30 am.

Break the Cycle is joining SocialXchange, Muscle Mom, Let's Ride 305, and Nationwide Ridas for the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Freedom Ride on Saturday, June 19 at 9:30 am. This is a family friendly event to ride in unity.

Bikers are welcome to meet at the Calder Casino Parking Lot and the estimated ride will be 15 miles.

Break the Cycle (BTC) is nonprofit organization and a multicultural bike group of cyclists who ride for a purpose. Bridging generational gaps & meshing socioeconomic statuses, these cyclist are working to redefine the urban community of Miami, all while promoting a healthy lifestyle. BTC's weekly events attract hundreds of cyclists.

Click here for more information on the Juneteenth event or to register for the ride.

sweetgreen Wynwood Miami
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Third Miami sweetgreen Location Now Open in Wynwood

sweetgreen is now officially open in Wynwood, making it the third new location to open in Miami this year. This fast-casual salad concept has almost 400 locations across the country.

sweetgreen is now officially open in Wynwood, making it the third new location to open in Miami this year. This fast-casual salad concept over 120 locations across the country.

Located at 2621 NW 2nd Avenue, this restaurant fits right into the neighborhood with a vibrant exterior mural by Jen Stark and colorful interior designs. You can find both indoor seating at this location.

With a goal to build healthier communities, at sweetgreen you can find locally sourced and organic ingredients in their carefully prepared salads and bowls.

Use the app to order ahead and customize your meal, or stop in today!

sweetgreen can also be found in Coconut Grove and Coral Gables. Look out for a fourth Miami location in the Miami Beach neighborhood of Sunset Harbour.

Photos via the sweetgreen Facebook page
Yellow Green Farmer's Market Hollywood
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Yellow Green Market in Hollywood to Undergo Expansion

Yellow Green Farmers Market, the sprawling, 10,000-square-foot weekend market in Hollywood, reopened several weeks ago after having been closed for more than a year.

Yellow Green Farmers Market, the sprawling, 10,000-square-foot weekend market in Hollywood, reopened several weeks ago after having been closed for more than a year.

With the reopening come several significant changes, including some grand plans for the future. Upgrades include the addition of four giant tiki huts that provide shade and seating for visitors to the market, along with live musical entertainment on the new main stage.

Yellow Green Farmers Market general manager Mark Menagh spoke with New Times about the future improvements, including two new spaces that will house a food hall, a retail market, and office space.

Menagh says the food hall, called the Station, will have an industrial feel and house about 30 vendors. Each stall will be equipped with its own sink, storage area, and a cooking area with a ventilation hood.  A fire-suppression system will permit the Station to accommodate deep fryers.

The Nest, an air-conditioned venue on the south side of the market, will be built out with a rustic look and offer office space as well as kiosks for sales of antiques, collectibles, and more.

Menagh says that the heart of Yellow Green remains the original market, where about half the spots are currently occupied.

"A lot of people didn't come back" after the closure, he explains. "We're dealing with small businesses, and people might have simply moved out of town."

Menagh says the goal is to have about 450 vendors — a significant increase from the 350 who rented space pre-COVID. The trick is to make sure the vendors sell a range of items that people want to buy.

"I try to make sure every business here is unique," he explains. "I can't add another cupcake vendor. Anyone can sell cupcakes, but what if you're making, say, a Bundt cake soaked in Jamaican rum with a spiced frosting? That's a product that I would want."

Menagh cites a relatively new vendor — Wicked Bread Co. — as an example of a successful niche business at Yellow Green. "Nobody else at the market will sell you their cinnamon bread or interact with you the way they do," he says of the stand, which opened in 2020 just before the pandemic set in.

Space rental starts at $550 a month for an indoor space and $385 for an outdoor space. There's no lease, so vendors are free to leave if they're not successful — though Menagh very much wants them to be. "I look for entrepreneurs. I want people who have a vision of what they want to sell."

By his count, more than 40 successful businesses got their start in the market. "It's a proving ground," Menagh says.

Right now, the market is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but there are plans to extend the hours until 8 p.m. At that point, Menagh images locals lingering after they shop to relax with a wine or beer from one of the on-premises bars.

"I can't imagine a market like this anywhere else," he adds. The year-round outdoorness of the market is very unique to Florida."

This originally published in the Miami New Times by Laine Doss and can be found here.

International Yoga Day with Casa Yinyasa South Miami
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Celebrate International Yoga Day with Casa Vinyasa and Ad Astra Co

Celebrate International Yoga Day next Monday with a Pop-Up Event by Casa Vinyasa and Ad Astra Co. at Palmer Park. There is an afternoon of festivities planned to recognize the healing and unifying powers of yoga.

Celebrate International Yoga Day next Monday with a Pop-Up Event by Casa Vinyasa and Ad Astra Co. at Palmer Park. There is an afternoon of festivities planned to recognize the healing and unifying powers of yoga.

There will be a variety of local vendors to shop and connect with, a 45-Minute Power Vinyasa Vibes Class taught by Casa Vinyasa's Co-Owners, Melissa and Lizzy, as well as a 30-minute Yin and Meditation taught by Studio Manager, Cassie. Grab your mats and come along!

The event will take place from 4:00 - 8:00 pm at 6100 Southwest 67th Avenue in South Miami.

Tickets are $5. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Dry Scooping Pre-Workout
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Here's Why Doctors Warn Against ‘Dry Scooping’ Pre-Workout Powder

For those who aren't familiar, dry scooping refers to putting a scoop of pre-workout powder directly into your mouth, instead of mixing it with water and drinking as intended. Pre-workout is a supplement made to boost your energy and help with performance in the gym and dry scooping is supposed to amplify those effects.

Although many of you may have been doing this for years, dry scooping has become a trend on TikTok that is worrying health professionals.

For those who aren't familiar, dry scooping refers to putting a scoop of pre-workout powder directly into your mouth, instead of mixing it with water and drinking as intended. Pre-workout is a supplement made to boost your energy and help with performance in the gym and dry scooping is supposed to amplify those effects.

But according to several TikTok videos and news reports, the practice can endanger people’s health. For instance, one 20-year-old woman went to the hospital with a heart attack after dry scooping, Buzzfeed reported. And Newsweek reported on a fitness influencer who chased four dry scoops with another four scoops mixed with water and went to the ER with dangerously high blood pressure and brain swelling. Another woman appeared to have trouble breathing after dry scooping, according to Newsweek.

Pre-workout powders can contain high concentrations (100mg or more per serving) of caffeine, Anari says, which is about the same as a cup of coffee). That can definitely cause symptoms like jitteriness, an upset stomach, and an elevated heart rate, especially when taken undiluted and/or in greater amounts than directed, Ansari says. In severe excess, “caffeine can definitely be very toxic and very dangerous,” Dr. Johnson-Arbor says.

A caffeine overdose, which causes symptoms such as heart palpitations, chest pain, trouble breathing, and dizziness, can land you in the hospital, Dr. Johnson-Arbor says. Life-threatening caffeine overdoses are more likely to occur and be life threatening in individuals who have underlying heart problems, take medications that cause similar effects, have a low caffeine tolerance, or are also drinking other caffeinated beverages at the same time, Dr. Johnson-Arbor says.

Click here to read the entire article and learn more about why, for most people, the potential risks of dry scooping outweigh the supposed benefits.

This was originally published on Self.com by Carolyn L. Todd.

Focused Movement Academy Miami
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Focused Movement Academy in Miami to Host Obstacle Course Race Fundraiser on August 14

The Focused Movement Academy (FMA) in Miami is hosting an Obstacle Course Race Event on Saturday, August 14 in support of the Warrior Focus Foundation, a local non-profit.

The Focused Movement Academy (FMA) in Miami is hosting an Obstacle Course Race Event on Saturday, August 14 in support of the Warrior Focus Foundation, a local non-profit.

The FMA will have over 20 obstacles held at their gym for a great cause. The event will consist of a 1 mile team qualifier. After that, the top 4 teams will advance to the 5K final round for a chance to win a cash prize, free OCR training, and more.

There will also be a spectator zone with vendors, snacks, and food trucks to make it a fun-filled day for the entire family.

This is a team-based event with teams consisting of two members - one male and one female. The entry fee is $120 per team. All fitness levels are welcome, even if you have no obstacle experience. The FMA's Spartan SGX coaches will be on site to guide you through every step.

All proceeds will benefit the Warrior Focus Foundation, which brings obstacle course racing to at-risk youth in Miami to set them up for a bright and limitless future.

For more information and to register your team, click here. Use promo code GYMFAM for 10% off registration.

54D ON Digital Program
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54D Launches New Add-Ons to Its Digital Program

For graduates of the 9-week online program who want to sign up again, 54D is announcing the introduction of 54D ON + Upper Body Add-On, which will feature dozens of new classes focusing on the upper body and abs in addition to the regular high-intensity training that comes with the basic program.

Since launching last July, digital fitness program 54D ON has been working on continuing to offer the most comprehensive, online fitness program in the market. For graduates of the 9-week online program who want to sign up again, 54D is announcing the introduction of 54D ON + Upper Body Add-On, which will feature dozens of new classes focusing on the upper body and abs in addition to the regular high-intensity training that comes with the basic program.

Launched in July 2020 by fitness brand 54D, 54D ON is a 9-week online program divided into three specialized areas including high-intensity training, tutorials on nutrition and recovery, as well as a community component.  Online members are divided into smaller groups led by one of 54D’s coaches who are dedicated specifically to them, offering full guidance.

54D ON graduates keep pushing their limits in their fitness journey upon completing the high-intensity program. The new 54D ON + Upper Body Add-On and 54D ON + Lower Body Add-On give graduates the opportunity to continue to challenge themselves. 54D is also including an additional abs component to its existing 54D ON + Lower Body Add-On, which was introduced last September and has been popular with program graduates since.

The new add-ons are available for purchase as of June 7 and must be purchased in conjunction with the full 54D ON program. 54D ON + Upper Body and 54D ON + Lower Body each cost $425 and consist of the regular 54D ON, 9-week program plus 27 upper body episodes or lower body episodes, depending on the program selected, and 18 episodes focusing on abs and core. Each new episode is 30 minutes each and can be found on the dashboard of the regular 54D ON classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for the upper body, and Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the core workouts.

 “Since starting 54D ON, we’ve had people sign up for the program back to back,” said brand founder and former professional soccer player Rodrigo Garduño. “With the new add-ons, we wanted to give our repeat graduates the opportunity to improve their training and performance.”

The 54D ON program was designed to deliver measurable results through a combination of high-intensity training and discipline. 54D has taken an educational approach for the online program, creating training sessions and tutorials so participants can learn proper exercise techniques and good nutritional practices by the time they complete all the courses throughout the nine weeks.

The 54D in-studio and online system delivers results through a no-excuses, full-commitment approach to fitness. 54D currently has locations in Coral Gables, Colombia, and Mexico, and will open its second U.S. location later this year in the Miami Design District as part of its expansion plans.

THēsis Hotel Coral Gables
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Celebrate Global Wellness Day at THesis in Coral Gables

THēsis Hotel, a buzzing new destination in Coral Gables, is proud to host a fitness activation at the colorful Paseo De La Riviera courtyard for Global Wellness Day. Open to the public, attendees can participate in a full day of complimentary fitness classes by some of South Florida’s premier fitness studios.

THēsis Hotel, a buzzing new destination in Coral Gables, is proud to host a fitness activation at the colorful Paseo De La Riviera courtyard for Global Wellness Day. Open to the public, attendees can participate in a full day of complimentary fitness classes by some of South Florida’s premier fitness studios.

This feel-good wellness day will begin at 9 a.m. with a 45-minute Bootcamp brought to you by Burn Boot Camp. This transformative class is a 45-minute cardio and strength workout that will leave participants feeling stronger and more confident in all aspects of life.

At 10 a.m. Green Monkey Yoga will host an hour-long yoga flow. Green Monkey Yoga is a global movement that empowers and inspires wellness enthusiasts through a variety of classes led by experienced instructors.

Finally, at 11 a.m. there will be a sound bowl meditation led by wellness expert Annie Vazquez of Annie the Alchemist. The use of sound bowls creates vibrations that can ease one's emotions. She will guide guests on a meditation journey through major energy centers, clearing and resetting the energetic body to harmony. Participants will leave feeling rested and refreshed, connected to a deeper inner intelligence and calmness. Each meditation experience is designed to assist participants in working with the energy of that specific moon cycle period.

Guests will be treated with delicious refreshments made with seasonal and fresh ingredients and spices. Chef Niven Patel who is a James Beard Nominee and was recently named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs of 2020, believes good food is meant to be shared and savored. The hotel's fresh and delicious produce including mangoes, eggplant, avocados, beets, and many other fruits, vegetables, and herbs comes from Chef Patel's two-acre farm, Rancho Patel. Throughout the day there will be exciting giveaways to allow guests to leave with an exciting gift!

The inviting space that Paseo has to offer will ensure good energy throughout the Wellness @ THēsis event and will help create a memorable experience for all participants.  

For more information, head to @thesishotelmiami or register at this link.

Miami Biking
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Miami is the Second Most Beautiful City for Bicycling in the World

According to a new study by Money Beach, Miami has landed the no. 2 spot on their list of “20 Most Picturesque Cycling Cities in the World,” and you won’t believe the city it beat.

Although groups of cyclists along Miami’s busiest streets (i.e., Brickell Avenue, Old Cutler Road) sometimes get a bad “rep,” those who are notoriously irritated by them should finally cut them some slack — they’re literally riding in one of the most scenic cycling destinations in the entire world.

According to a new study by Money Beach, Miami has landed the no. 2 spot on their list of “20 Most Picturesque Cycling Cities in the World,” and you won’t believe the city it beat.

Paris, France. Yes — Miami beat Paris.

Chiang Mai in Thailand landed the no. 1 spot on their list as the world’s best city for a scenic bike ride, as more cycling-related photos are shared per square kilometer there than in any other city in the world. The study revealed that Chiang Mai in northern Thailand provides the most picturesque cycling routes, with “#chiangmaicycling” used on Instagram over 6,000 times alone.

Miami and Paris both landed in the top three.

Their findings state, “Miami, USA and Paris, France followed, with the long beachy rides and street-art adorned roads of Miami also placing it as the best place in the States for anyone looking for a photo-ready bike ride, above Atlanta and Seattle. A stunning 14.3km loop around Kendall Lakes appears to be the most popular route according to Strava users; this scenic circuit takes riders past expansive views of the nearby golf course and is a winner for cyclists of all abilities.”

According to the bicycle insurance company, they looked at more than 350,000 city-specific cycling hashtags on Instagram to discover which city sees the most cyclists sharing their snaps. The results were then weighed against city size for fairness.

Below, find their list of the top 20 most picturesque cycling cities in the world.

The 20 Most Picturesque Cycling Cities in the World:

  1. Chiang Mai, Thailand
  2. Miami, United States of America
  3. Paris, France
  4. Beirut, Lebanon
  5. Bristol, United Kingdom
  6. Cambridge, United Kingdom
  7. Barcelona, Spain
  8. London, United Kingdom
  9. Dublin, Ireland
  10. Athens, Greece
  11. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  12. Copenhagen, Denmark
  13. Bath, United Kingdom
  14. Florence, Italy
  15. Atlanta, United States of America
  16. Seattle, United States of America
  17. Taipei, Taiwan
  18. Warsaw, Poland
  19. Berlin, Germany
  20. Oxford, United Kingdom

For more information on the study, click here.

This was originally published by Nicole Lopez-Alvar for Local 10 News and can be found here.

Miami E-Scooters
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E-Scooter Fees Help Fund Protected Bike Lanes in Downtown Miami

Miami will add about three miles of protected bike and scooter lanes on busy downtown corridors as part of a new program partially funded by fees on electric scooters.

Miami will add about three miles of protected bike and scooter lanes on busy downtown corridors as part of a new program partially funded by fees on electric scooters.

Under a plan approved by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners last week, the city will install concrete barriers along the new lanes and add pedestrian ramps to adjacent sidewalks. All pedestrian crossings in the affected area will also be upgraded to maximize visibility.

The roughly $2 million upgrades, construction of which has already started, will be partially funded by $1 million from the city of Miami's micromobility fund. The remainder will be paid for with road impact fees.

Florida is home to some of the country’s most dangerous cities for pedestrians, according to a Smart Growth America report. Critics have dinged Miami for not following through on a 2009 Bicycle Master Plan intended to "transform Miami into a bicycle friendly city," the vast majority of which has not been built.

The recently approved protected lanes will be installed along three miles of downtown streets, covering areas where there is already significant use of scooters and bikes by residents and visitors.

"This is extremely necessary. Miami drivers are not very safe. I’ve ridden a bike, I’ve ridden a scooter in downtown Miami and I feel unsafe on the roads," said Kevin Amézaga, executive director of the mobility group Miami Riders Alliance. "We acknowledge that in downtown Miami, cars cannot be the way we grow, but we need to give people safe alternatives."

The goal is to eventually build an extensive network of micromobility lanes — including bollards, concrete barriers and painted bike boxes — that would connect large parts of downtown, rather than simply adding lanes to a handful of streets, said Carlos Cruz-Casas, assistant director for mobility in the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works. The "proactive" effort, he said, will help create "a more inclusive transportation network" and also further the country’s Vision Zero goals, which seek to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030.

"While we’re looking back to understand the causes of collisions and crashes, we are also creating the infrastructure to prevent them so that we don’t have to count statistics later on," he said. The department is moving at "a million miles an hour" to revamp the county’s transportation network for safety and sustainability goals, he added.

Miami has seen several changes in micromobility over the past year. The county suspended use of shared vehicles during the COVID-19 pandemic, returning them to city streets in October 2020. The fleets were then suspended for a short period around the beginning of 2021 over concerns about underage riders and sidewalk clutter, the Miami Herald reported. The latter pause led to new regulations about sidewalk clutter and distribution of vehicles throughout downtown, as well as new speed limits.

In the summer of 2020, commissioners debated using the micromobility fees to cover projected budget shortfalls because of the coronavirus pandemic, Miami Today News reported. Micromobility supporters, however, argued the money should remain siloed for revamping the long-overdue bike master plan and ultimately the budget deficit was lower than expected.

As scooters have become more popular and established transportation tools in cities, transportation departments around the country are rethinking their infrastructure plans to build dedicated lanes or paths that can accommodate them. Many cities — like Indianapolis, Atlanta and Santa Monica, California, — have required micromobility operators add fees or pay into infrastructure funds to pay for the new construction.

This was originally published by Jason Plautz on Smart Cities Dive and can be found here.

Global Wellness Day Miami
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Celebrate Global Wellness Day at Carillon Miami

“One day can change your life” and lucky for you that day is this Saturday, June 12, Global Wellness Day. To celebrate, Carillon Miami Wellness Resort is hosting a day of health, wellness, mindfulness, and fun for the community that is free, and open to the public with registration. 

“One day can change your life” and lucky for you that day is this Saturday, June 12, Global Wellness Day. To celebrate, Carillon Miami Wellness Resort is hosting a day of health, wellness, mindfulness, and fun for the community that is free, and open to the public with registration. 

The day will kick off with a yoga flow led by Miriam “Mimi” Ghandour, Founder of Mimi Yoga, followed by a meditation with Michael Stasko of Om Studies.

Beginning at 10am there will be wellness experiences where you can participate in activities, like B12 shots from The Biostation, along with cupping, pulse diagnosis and ear seeds from Dr. Irina Logman as well as shop the latest from MBalance Store. Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy healthy treats from Pura Vida, Eat Me Guilt Free, Imagine Farms, Nabati and more. Jovē water will keep guests hydrated throughout the day. 

Rounding out the day is a panel talk, Managing Work, Life & Love in 2021 with Dr. Shanequa Fleming, Executive Coach & Life Strategist and Dr. Carolina Pataky, Sex & Relationship Therapist followed by an Aqua Spinning.

Attendees will get a discounted valet rate of $10 per vehicle.

Click here to register!

NUE Life Miami Start Up
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Miami Mental Wellness Startup NUE Life Raises $3.3 Million

NUE Life, a Miami startup developing a nextgen mental wellness solution, has raised a $3.3 million seed round.

NUE Life, a Miami startup developing a nextgen mental wellness solution, has raised a $3.3 million seed round.

Investors include a who’s who of new-to-Miami investors, including Jack Abraham of Atomic Ventures, venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar, Jon Oringer of Shutterstock and Pareto Holdings, serial entrepreneur Martin Varsavsky, James Bailey and Christina Getty.

NUE Life’s co-founders are Juan Pablo Cappello and Demian Bellumio—two well-known Miami tech entrepreneurs involved in multiple startups over the years -- as well as  Katie Kiernan (Twyla), Kazi (Zayn) Hassan, M.D. and investor Christina Getty. The whole founding team are people of color and women, making the company unique in the alternative medicine space

NUE Life is a public benefit corporation and focused on leveraging emerging technologies to combat the mental wellness crisis and drive better outcomes, said Cappello, CEO. “One out of five women is taking an depressant. Any given day 22 veterans commit suicide, a day, we lose 22 veterans. And we have about a million veterans on disability for PTSD and treatment resistant depression. These are heartbreaking statistics, and we believe that tech can be a force for good.”

Dr. Kazi (Zayn) Hassan, Chief Medical Officer at NUE Life, recognizes that medical providers want to provide better care, however they need support in provider tools and resources to do so. “Many providers who want to help patients with tools like ketamine lack the confidence or support needed. NUEue’s focus is to develop tools for providers and patients to accelerate the adoption of innovative medicines and medical frameworks, and help a growing community of providers deliver high-quality care,” said Dr. Hassan, whose company My Ketamine Home was acquired by NUE Life.

Bellumio, NUE Life’s CTO, drew on his deep experience with AI and graph databases to create a holistic solution. He  formerly worked on graph databases while at both Accenture and at NEORIS and at his own former startups.

“What we're trying to do with this technology is create a companion to our patients for their mental wellness journeys,” Bellumio said. “When people are dealing with different issues, you need to be there all the time and that's what we're creating -- personalized assistance to provide anything that the patient needs on a daily basis -- recommendations for treatment, recommendations for music, recommendations for supplements. So it's about really understanding the patient holistically and we use a framework, a detailed knowledge graph, to understand the physical, the mental and behavioral components of the patient and  accompany them on their daily journey.”

NUE Life operates in California, Texas and Florida, with plans for nationwide expansion. The platform will initially offer at-home ketamine therapy, combined with music therapies and other personalized recommendations through an app, but Cappello said the vision is to expand with other treatments and technologies aimed at attacking the mental wellness crisis.

Bellumio adds, “It's just amazing to have this great cap table of people supporting us and I told Francis [Suarez] yesterday that we need to make Miami the capital of mental wellness.”

This was originally published on Refresh Miami by Nancy Dahlberg and can be found here.

ADAPT North Miami
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ADAPT Announces Expansion of North Miami Facilities With New Courts for Basketball and More

ADAPT has expanded their North Miami wellness center and added 7,000 square feet and two new courts to their space. They are perfect for volleyball, basketball, soccer, and training.

ADAPT has expanded their North Miami wellness center and added 7,000 square feet and two new courts to their space. They are perfect for volleyball, basketball, soccer, and training.

The new courts include hoops, nets, and a divider, as well as a lounge and family waiting area. This expansion improves on their existing fitness center with machines, weights, group fitness, and personal training.

ADAPT now has three full courts available for booking. You can book online at trainadapt.com/court-rental or call the facility at 786-717-7470.

Run Club Miami
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Baptist Health Run Clubs Are Back in Time for Global Running Day

The Baptist Health Run Clubs Powered by Nike are restarting after a year of pause during the pandemic. Brickell Run Club had their first run in over a year last night. The group will be meeting weekly again on Tuesdays at 7 pm at the Fortune International building at 1300 Brickell Avenue.

The Baptist Health Run Clubs Powered by Nike are restarting after a year of pause during the pandemic. Brickell Run Club had their first run in over a year last night. The group will be meeting weekly again on Tuesdays at 7 pm at the Fortune International building at 1300 Brickell Avenue.

In addition to Brickell, there are also run club locations in Kendall, Weston, South Beach, Coral Gables, Homestead, Doral, and West Kendall. For those who want to participate in Global Running Day, the Kendall Run Club is meeting up tonight at 7 pm at the Go Run Running Store.

The Run Club is free and all speeds and paces are welcomed. Runs are typically around 3-3.5 miles and the group meets rain or shine.

Join the 300+ people who participate! Interested runners can fill out the waiver here and receive more information, or head to runclubnetwork.com for more information on all of the local run clubs.

Revolution Miami Parkinson's Disease
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Revolution Miami Will Raise Awareness and Funds for Parkinson's Disease

Be a part of the Parkinson’s Revolution right here in Miami. On Saturday, June 12, Revolution Miami will be held at VirtuRide in North Miami. The national event is organized by the Parkinson’s Foundation and the goal is to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s Disease.

Be a part of the Parkinson’s Revolution right here in Miami. On Saturday, June 12, Revolution Miami will be held at VirtuRide in North Miami. The national event is organized by the Parkinson’s Foundation and the goal is to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s Disease.

Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the US, affecting over 1 million people. In support of the cause, similar Revolution events take place across the country on the same day for inspiring, high-energy rides.

Riders of all abilities — from the fitness fanatics to the easy riders — are welcome to gear up and join. VirtuRide combines exercise and a great theater experience into one, featuring moving bikes in front of a mega screen. Start times are either 1 pm or 2:30 pm and the event will include a 60-minute ride as well as opening and closing ceremonies. For those who wish to participate at home, there is a virtual ride option as well.

Participants are encouraged to raise $250 for their ride, however, there is no minimum to participate. Revolution Miami is hoping to raise $10,000 through the event.

For more information or to register for the event, head to PDRevolutionFL.org


AcroYoga Global
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AcroYoga Global Celebrates 1st Anniversary of Connecting Worldwide AcroYoga Community

AcroYoga Global (AYG), the only worldwide online community for the practice and teaching of AcroYoga, celebrates the first anniversary of its online teaching platform this week on May 27. Launched during the COVID-19 pandemic, AYG provided a platform to globally unite people who were socially isolated and looking to feel empowered through their body’s capacities.

AcroYoga Global (AYG), the only worldwide online community for the practice and teaching of AcroYoga, celebrates the first anniversary of its online teaching platform this week on May 27. Launched during the COVID-19 pandemic, AYG provided a platform to globally unite people who were socially isolated and looking to feel empowered through their body’s capacities.

Combining the principles of traditional yoga practice and acrobatics, AcroYoga is a partner practice that involves creating and building physical shapes through collaboration, communication, and physical engagement. Partners counterbalance with, stack onto, and move with each other to achieve postures.

Over the last year, AYG has shared making this physical practice accessible and safe to all who want to participate, while embracing playfulness, curiosity, and creativity. Classes are offered in English with support in 8 languages, depending on the instructor. Teachers are from over 38 countries and represent all continents except Antarctica.

“The pandemic has greatly altered human connection, especially intimate social interactions such as touch and interaction. Our need to belong to a community, to a support group, to a chosen family has never been repressed on such a global scale,” says AYG Co-Founder Jill Campbell, “In AcroYoga, you touch your partner not only to achieve the postures, but also to nourish trust, complicity, friendship, and compassion, among other human qualities.” 

AcroYoga Global offers classes for all levels, from first-timers to seasoned practitioners, with a mission to make AYG accessible and beneficial to people of all race, gender, body size, language, class, and more.

In celebration of their first anniversary, AcroYoga Global seeks to grow its community by offering a free trial week of classes. After the initial week, receive unlimited classes for only $49 a month. AYG members have access to 15+ live classes per week and a constantly refreshing library of class playbacks, accessible on demand. Check them out at acroyogaglobal.com and find the schedule of classes here.

Partners in Health Engage Miami
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Sweat in Solidarity And Raise Funds With Miami Universities

Sweat in Solidarity is this year's virtual edition of Partner in Health's annual Strides in Solidarity fundraiser. Students from the University of Florida, University of Miami, and the University of South Florida have come together to fundraise to build the Maternal Center of Excellence in Sierra Leone. In Sierra Leone, women have a 1 in 20 lifetime risk of dying from a maternal cause.

Sweat in Solidarity is this year's virtual edition of Partner in Health's annual Strides in Solidarity fundraiser. Students from the University of Florida, University of Miami, and the University of South Florida have come together to fundraise to build the Maternal Center of Excellence in Sierra Leone. In Sierra Leone, women have a 1 in 20 lifetime risk of dying from a maternal cause.

All donations from the event will go toward PIH to establish the Maternal Center of Excellence (MCOE) in rural Kono District, Sierra Leone to provide high-quality care to women and families who need it most, build local health capacity for sustained impact, and create a blueprint for scaling proven interventions in women's health around the world.

Partners In Health (PIH) is a social justice organization driven by the uncompromising belief that everyone, especially those most in need, deserves quality health care. The PIH Engage network of volunteer community organizers is well on its way to raising $100,000 for the MCOE. This amount can ensure crucial diagnostic capacity, including HIV and pre-eclampsia screening, for patients of the MCOE.

PIH has been hosting live, virtual group fitness classes this week, including interval training, hip-hop fitness, Zumba, yoga, and more.

Sweat in Solidarity will be culminating with a virtual 5k on this Saturday, May 22. At that time, all participants will walk or run to demonstrate their solidarity with community health workers who walk each day to serve their patients and their community.

To register for any of the events fill out this Google form or to donate through their fundraising page here.

Bike with Mike Tamarac
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Tamarac Commissioner Promises ‘Party on the Pedals’ at Bike With Mike Weekend

Pro, semi-pro and leisure cyclists have an opportunity to partake in the inaugural event taking place May 22 and 23. Tamarac City Commissioner Mike Gelin has partnered with Level Up Cycling Movement to host four events of competitive and non-competitive rides through the city.

For biking enthusiasts, the Bike With Mike Weekend has a little bit of everything for every level of cycling.

Pro, semi-pro and leisure cyclists have an opportunity to partake in the inaugural event taking place May 22 and 23. Tamarac City Commissioner Mike Gelin has partnered with Level Up Cycling Movement to host four events of competitive and non-competitive rides through the city.

On Saturday, the first event will feature plenty of star power on the streets with the Tropical Breeze Fondo. Rahsaan Bahati, a 10-time National Cycling Champion, and five-time California State Champion, Charon Smith, will be joined by local and regional professional cyclists for a 60-mile timed ride starting at Tamarac City Hall at 7 a.m.

Immediately following will be a 35-mile ride for amateur and non-competitive cyclists riding through the streets of Tamarac and neighboring cities.

At 9:45 a.m., there will be a 5-mile mass ride in Tamarac designed for all levels of cyclists. Families are encouraged to attend with riders age 8 and older invited. The Broward Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Trust Fund will donate 50 new bicycles and helmets to youth in need.

The final Bike With Mike event will take place at 6:20 a.m. Sunday, May 23. Level Up Cycling Movement is hosting a 50K ride just for women starting at the Tamarac Sports Complex. About 100 riders are expected to participate. The focus of the ride is to encourage cycling for women to achieve good health and fitness. The charity ride will donate part of the proceeds to Women in Distress and the Level Up Cycling Movement. Helmets and masks should be worn during each ride.

Gelin is a big supporter of health and fitness and is an active runner, basketball player and cyclist. He said he is excited about the big weekend coming up.

“I’m an amateur cyclist and have been at this for about a year now,” he said. “This is something I enjoy and think more people should take up the sport. Bikes in South Florida are in demand and people can enjoy the great outdoors and enjoy the good weather. I’ll do the 35-mile event and leave the 60-mile event to the pros who can go at a steady pace of 25 to 28 mph.”

Gelin has a new appreciation for the serious cyclists and professionals out on the streets. Broward County also has the distinction of having the only velodrome in the state at Brian Piccolo Sports Park. The velodrome is used for the development of track cycling.

“A few months ago, I saw Level Up Cycling put on a similar event in Miami and thought this would be a great fit for the city of Tamarac,” he said. “The staff in Tamarac thought it was a great idea and we decided to make it happen. With college scholarships being offered for cyclists, we want to bring more awareness to the sport. We want as many people to come out as possible. It will be a party on the pedals.”

Advance registration and event waivers are required. The registration deadline is Thursday, May 20. Visit tamarac.org/SpecialEvents for more information.

This was originally published on the Sun Sentinel by Emmett Hall and can be found here.