Note: For ONLINE Engagement Classes, the 2018 registration deadline is October 1.

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Climate Change: What You Can Do
Thu 10/11-10/25 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Instructor: Jane Rosten
Location: Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge (LKSC), Rm 205/206 (291 Campus Drive)
BeWell Engagement or Berry
Class Past

Climate disruption, one of the foremost challenges of our time, has many implications for both our personal health and the health of our planet.

Atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary cause, has increased to levels never observed before. With US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, many more are asking what they can do to have an impact on climate change. Fortunately, we can take action with a variety of approaches to safeguard the planet, lower our carbon footprints, and in the process save money, increase community, and improve health.

This fun class is comprised of 3 sessions, designed to turn good environmental intentions into action. The course takes much guesswork out of which actions have greatest impact, providing a roadmap for where to spend precious time. Participants will be introduced to skills such as how to ?green" transportation at their own pace, save energy at home, recycle better, green finances, make dietary changes, impact policy, and more. Instructors will combine their expertise from over two decades of professional work on the issue, with behavioral science and group support, to help participants make a difference.

PLEASE NOTE: This class is also approved for the new Cardinal Green financial incentive. Details at http://sustainable.stanford.edu/my-cardinal-green



Instructor: Jane Rosten, MSW, LCSW, is the Manager of Stanford HIP's Environmental Behavior Change Program.

Category: Healthy Living : Environmental Health
Levels: All Levels
Fee: $150 , STAP/EA Funds: Yes
Enrollment: Current: 6   (Min: 0, Max: 30)
Class Code: locarb-01

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NEW CLASS: Diet How To's of Metabolic Homeostasis
Thu 10/11-11/01 11:45 am-1:15 pm
Instructor: Gretchen George PhD
Location: Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge (LKSC), Room 304/305 (291 Campus Drive)
BeWell Engagement or Berry
Class Past

Homeostasis describes how the human body regulates fluid, nutrients, and temperature balance. The current diet culture repeatedly tells us that we must do all the work to keep our body in balance through "clean eating," fasting, and cleansing. These messages lead to confusion and sometimes anxiety over not doing the right thing.
Join this 4-week class to both learn and practice sound nutrition principles. Not only will you learn the basics of nutrition from a metabolic perspective, you will participate in a healthy diet boot camp where each week, as a group, we will review eating patterns and practice what we learn. There will be opportunities to share the emotional and physical changes we experience. Learn how the digestive system and metabolic system (related to hunger and satiation) work, and increase your confidence to choose foods that best meet your personal health needs.

Instructor: Gretchen George, PhD, RD, is an Assistant Professor in Nutrition at San Francisco State University. She worked at Stanford Prevention Research Center prior to her faculty position as a Research Dietitian on multiple weight loss studies. She currently focuses her work on body dissatisfaction, environmental stress, and health risk factors in overweight and obese youth and also in college students majoring in health-related professions.

Category: Healthy Living : Nutrition & Weight
Levels: All Levels
Fee: $200 , STAP/EA Funds: Yes
Enrollment: Current: 19   (Min: 10, Max: 20)
Class Code: hth-01

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 CLASS FULL Enhancing Resilience by Cultivating a Contemplative Lifestyle
Wed 10/17-11/14 5:30 pm-6:30 pm
Instructor: Tia Rich
Location: Cubberley Education Building, Room 313 (485 Lasuen Mall)
BeWell Engagement or Berry


Delight in effectively developing daily lifestyle habits that render the resilience-building benefits of contemplative practices. Resilience is the ability to efficiently bounce back after hard times and adapt to change, and more importantly, to learn from both. This increases a person's capacity to manage stress, deal with difficult feelings and effectively handle whatever comes their way. Thus, resilience supports professional excellence. Fifty years of research has shown that contemplative practices, such as mindfulness, self-compassion, breathing, reflection, quieting the thinking mind through gentle movement, gratitude, journaling, awareness-awakening nature walks, and experiencing membership in something larger than your individual life, all enhance resilience.

This 2-session workshop, in conjunction with Stanford's 2018 Contemplation By Design (CBD) Summit, October 30 -November 8, will equip you with tools from the science of behavior change, (namely identify the behavior change goal, develop a plan, evaluate the resources and barriers, act on plan for two weeks, reassess and revise plan as needed) for creating or strengthening your contemplative lifestyle routine. Enjoy developing a personal resilience-building lifestyle action plan during these two 1-hour sessions. Learn ways to deepen and enhance your engagement with the numerous contemplation-related opportunities offered in the CBD Summit, and thus maximize the benefits you receive from the free Summit sessions you attend.

Instructor: Tia Rich, PhD, Senior Specialist in Health Promotion. Dr. Rich's creation and leadership of the Contemplation by Design (CBD) program is an expression of her steadfast dedication to the resilience and wellbeing of the Stanford community.

Category: Healthy Living : Stress & Resiliency
Levels: All Levels
Fee: $60 , STAP/EA Funds: Yes
Enrollment: Current: 22   (Min: 10, Max: 25)
Class Code: erccl-01

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 CLASS FULL Equine-imity: Stress Reduction In the Company of Horses
Thu 10/04-10/25 4:00 pm-5:30 pm
Instructor: Beverley Kane MD
Location: Webb Ranch (2720 Alpine Road)
BeWell Engagement or Berry
Class Past

Do you wonder what it means to be "healthy as a horse"? This 4-week course uses the horse-human relationship to enhance our ability to breathe deeply and relax, to self-regulate our emotions, and to apply other stress relief techniques. Horses help us develop these skills through their magnificent strength, grace and reading of body language. They teach us to use all our senses plus breath and movement to release stress, heal, and invigorate the body.

Using techniques from mindfulness meditation, tai chi, qigong, yoga, Reiki, and nature-based therapy, you will learn to ground, center, and relax by touching and breathing with horses. The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi cites medical studies showing the value of tai chi and qigong on long-term stress reduction and improvement in cognitive function. Horse-assisted somatic or "of the body" learning, in combination with daily practices offered in class, will help you establish a lasting and healthy integration of your physical movements and senses with your intellect, emotions, and intuition. The course includes 4 class sessions plus 1 individual private session. No horse experience needed.

Instructor: Beverley Kane, MD is a Family Medicine physician and equine-assisted learning specialist on the faculty of Stanford Medical School. Dr. Kane will be assisted by Robin Murphy, PATH-Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, with extensive experience in teaching adults and children.

Category: Healthy Living : Stress & Resiliency
Levels: All Levels
Fee: $320 , STAP/EA Funds: Yes
Enrollment: Current: 14   (Min: 0, Max: 14)
Class Code: srph-01

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 CLASS FULL Life's Purpose Workshop: Exploring Purpose for Health, Happiness, and Longevity
Fri 10/05-11/02 12:00 pm-1:15 pm
Instructor: Jayna Rogers, Susan Saba MPH
Location: Health Research & Policy, Redwood Building (HRP), T116 (150 Governor's Lane)
BeWell Engagement or Berry
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The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. - Pablo Picasso

Have you ever wished for more professional and personal fulfillment? In the past few decades, studies on longevity have shown that people who live a "purpose-driven" life, not only find more meaning and fulfillment, they are also healthier and happier. In this 5-session workshop, you will learn why purpose is important to your health, and we will take a methodological approach to finding your purpose and putting it in the driver's seat for living a healthier and more fulfilled life.
By the end of this class, participants will be able to:

- Identify the health benefits of having purpose in life (such as reduced stress, anxiety, better sleep, lower mortality)
- Recognize one's values (by doing reflection activities, and conversations on personal values systems)
- Define the positive impact of value-based behaviors on health (review the effect of value affirmation in behavior change)
- Uncover their passion and talents/gifts through reflection, worksheets, and guided conversation
- Align values, passions, and gifts with purpose (class activities to define top 5 passions and top 5 gifts in a purpose formula)
- Draft and use one?s Purpose Statement to develop a plan of action for living a healthy, purpose-driven life.

Instructors: Jayna Rogers, MPH, is a Health Education Manager for the Health Improvement Program and the BeWell Employee Incentive Program Workshop Coordinator. She has been a health educator and researcher for the Stanford School of Medicine for 20 years in the areas of chronic disease self-management, smoking cessation.

Susan Saba, MPH. Susan has a background in health education program planning, group facilitation, and health behavior change. She has worked at Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC) as social research professional on health outcomes and chronic disease prevention.

Category: Healthy Living : Contemplative Practices
Levels: All Levels
Fee: $200 , STAP/EA Funds: Yes
Enrollment: Current: 15   (Min: 0, Max: 15)
Class Code: lpw-01

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 CLASS FULL Living With Intention for a More Fulfilling Life
Wed 10/10-11/14 12:15 pm-1:15 pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Skolnik
Location: 3160 Porter Drive, Bodega Bay Room
BeWell Engagement or Berry


Research shows that living a life of intention and purpose provides fulfillment and contributes to longevity. Yet often, our days are filled with commitments and little time is spent doing what is most important to us. This can be exhausting and overwhelming at times. How can we rediscover what is most important to us (our values), and feel more alive each day?

In this 6-week class, you will be guided through the process of reconnecting with your values, uncovering what contributes to your fulfillment, and exploring how to live your life in alignment with your values. Through partner work, mapping exercises, guided meditations, and reflective writing, you will learn concrete tools for living a life of intention and managing the barriers that hold you back. Please join us.

Instructor: Elizabeth Buckley Skolnik is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC). Elizabeth brings her extensive experience as a Life Coach in private practice, a Leadership Coach within the corporate world, and a Wellness Coach for Stanford’s BeWell and Health Improvement Programs to her passion for helping individuals make lasting behavior change in the areas of decision making, emotional regulation, wellness, and life balance.

Category: Healthy Living : Health Enrichment
Levels: All Levels
Fee: $200 , STAP/EA Funds: Yes
Enrollment: Current: 12   (Min: 0, Max: 12)
Class Code: lwi-01

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Tue 09/25-11/13 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Instructor: Mark Abramson
Location: Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge (LKSC), Rm 130 (291 Campus Drive)
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Co-sponsored with the Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine.

It has been known for centuries in the meditative traditions, and now widely accepted in western culture, that the sustained practice of mindfulness meditation can have profoundly healing and transformative effects on one's life. This 8-week class is modeled on the program taught at the U MASS Stress Reduction Clinic and will focus on mindfulness meditation to help you gain a new understanding of how stress affects your life, and how life can be lived more fully. Included in the class fee is the text Full Catastrophe Living, by Jon Kabat-Zinn, handouts, and recorded meditations.

Instructor: Mark Abramson, DDS, the founder and facilitator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs at Stanford. He has practiced dentistry in the Bay Area for more than thirty years, specializing in the treatment of chronic pain and temporomandibular disorders.



Category: Healthy Living : Contemplative Practices
Levels: All Levels
Fee: $330 , STAP/EA Funds: Yes
Enrollment: Current: 18   (Min: 0, Max: 19)
Class Code: msm-01

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Traditional Oriental Medicine Self-Care Principles and Practices
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri 10/22-10/26 5:45 pm-7:00 pm
Instructor: Luca Moschini
Location: Health Research & Policy, Redwood Building (HRP), Rm T138B (150 Governor's Lane)
BeWell Engagement or Berry
Class Past

This practical introduction to the ancient wisdom of Traditional Oriental Medicine (TOM), also often called Chinese Medicine, is a 5-session class in which knowledge and practical self-care skills are cultivated for the purpose of improving and strengthening the healing potential of your body.

You will learn basic TOM, including theories of qi, yin and yang, the 5 elements, and acupuncture meridians and apply them during practices of acupressure and qigong movement. At course completion, you will be able to use acupressure points and movement patterns to influence the physical and emotional health of specific organ systems of your body. You will also be able to apply qigong breathing techniques to your daily activities in order to relax, improve your mental clarity, and emotional awareness. The power of healing is in your hands.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a M-F course, October 22-26, in the evening from 5:45-7:00pm

Instructor: Luca Moschini, Dipl. ABT (Asian Bodywork Therapy) is the founder and head instructor of Dashen® Foundation of acupressure and qigong training. Luca is currently a faculty member of Five Branches University of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Jose, CA. He also has a private practice in Ashland, Oregon and Mountain View, California.

Category: Healthy Living : Health Enrichment
Levels: All Levels
Fee: $200 , STAP/EA Funds: Yes
Enrollment: Current: 18   (Min: 0, Max: 20)
Class Code: tom-01

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 CLASS FULL Weight Management: Starting the Journey
Wed 10/24-01/09 5:30 pm-7:00 pm
Instructor: Debbie Balfanz, PhD
Location: Psychiatry Building, Room 1211 (401 Quarry Road)
BeWell Engagement or Berry


This 8-week program will help you take the first steps in the process of changing life-long habits related to nutrition, physical activity, weight management, and stress management. Through setting and implementing small goals around lifestyle practices you will begin to see sustainable improvements in your health, enjoy improved interpersonal relationships, and experience increased effectiveness at work.

Each class will consist of individual health behavior goal setting, group discussion and activities. All interested individuals are required to engage in a short phone call with the facilitator before registering to ensure that the class is the right fit for them.

Facilitator: Debbie Balfanz, PhD, coordinator of the Stanford Behavior Change/Weight Management Program.

Please contact Debbie at 650-725-3185 before registering.

Category: Healthy Living : Nutrition & Weight
Levels: All Levels
(Class NOT HELD ON 10/31, 11/21, 12/26, 1/2/19)
Fee: $250 , STAP/EA Funds: Yes
Enrollment: Current: 10   (Min: 0, Max: 12)
Class Code: wmsj-01