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Creativity as Your Personal Well-Being Strategy
Tue 08/07-08/21 1:30 pm-5:00 pm
Instructor: Bruce Cryer
Location: Li Ka Shing Center, 291 Campus Drive, Rm 208
BeWell Engagement or Berry

• Are you expressing your creativity to the fullest?
• Do you greet each day with exuberance, joy, and a sense of deeply held mission?
• Do you make time to nurture yourself and your highest aspiration for living?

We all need more creativity – to solve problems, start important projects, repair relationship challenges, help others in need, and simply to be the fullest expression of ourselves we can possibly be.

Thanks to significant research in disease prevention, we now know that creativity is also good for our health. Finding our creative flow in artistic or other soul-satisfying endeavors makes our immune system stronger, our cardiovascular system more efficient, and our cognitive function sharper and more clear.

In this 3-session course (3.5 hour session followed by two 75 minute sessions), through music, art, dance, creative writing and other forms of creative expression, you will be immersed in exploring your own creativity. You will learn the science supporting the link between creativity and enhanced health; how to refine talents you barely knew you had; and how to keep creativity alive in your life as your personal well-being strategy.

As a part of the class, each participant will receive a thumb drive containing an audio series of guided meditations, a 19-slide inspiration slide show, a video mini-documentary of the What Makes Your Heart Sing project, and 2 articles on creativity. PLEASE NOTE the 3 class dates and times: class 1 on August 7, 1:30-5:00pm. Classes 2 & 3 on the following Tuesdays, 8/14 & 8/21 will be held 12:00 - 1:15pm. All classes in Li Ka Shing Learning Center, Rm 208.

Instructor: Bruce Cryer has been a Broadway actor/singer/dancer, entrepreneur, CEO of HeartMath, mentor, strategic consultant, photographer, artist, and author. He is co-author of From Chaos to Coherence: The Power to Change Performance.

Category: Healthy Living : Health Enrichment
Levels: All Levels
Fee: $225 , STAP/EA Funds: Yes
Enrollment: Current: 20   (Min: 10, Max: 30)
Class Code: cps-01

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 CLASS FULL Equine-imity—Stress Reduction In the Company of Horses
Thu 07/12-08/02 4:00 pm-5:30 pm
Instructor: Beverley Kane MD
Location: Webb Ranch, 2720 Alpine Road, Portola Valley
BeWell Engagement or Berry


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: 8, Max: 14)
Class Code: srph-01

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 CANCELLED Exploring Embodying the Divine and Divining the Body for a Meaningful Life
Tue Thu 07/10-07/19 5:15 pm-6:15 pm
Instructor: Tia Rich
Location: Education Building (Cubberly), Rm 313
BeWell Engagement or Berry
Canceled

Receive inspiration and skills to deepen meaning and purpose in your personal and professional life by immersing in the beauty and transformative representations of the integrated mind, body and spirit at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum’s “Divine Bodies” special exhibit. Centered around the exhibit experience, this arts-based, work-life skills and well-being program provides a unique opportunity to meet yourself more fully and discover ways to authentically express yourself.

Part 1) Lecture: Class meeting at Stanford will provide a framework, a compass, and outline for this transformational learning endeavor. A self-assessment activity for setting learning goals for personal and professional life will be included.

Part 2) Experience: View the SF Asian Art Museum’s special exhibit of Divine Bodies with a private, expert docent who will guide us into a deeper appreciation of how the artistic portrayal of the body illuminates human values, ideals, and transformative aspirations. There will be time for personal engagement with the art.

Part 3) Reflection and Integration: Class meeting at Stanford for conversation about the exhibit experience. Facilitated discussion will identify ways to integrate the workshop skills into daily habits for ongoing enrichment of personal and professional life.

PLEASE NOTE: Class fee includes entry to the SF Asian Art Museum

Instructor: Tia Rich, PhD, Contemplation by Design Director.

Category: Healthy Living : Contemplative Practices
Levels: All Levels
Fee: $225 , STAP/EA Funds: Yes
Enrollment: Current: 0   (Min: 10, Max: 25)
Class Code: eddb-01

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ONLINE: Kurbo – Simple "traffic-light" weight loss program
Dates/Times: NA
Instructor: Kurbo Personal Coach
Location: your computer or smart phone
BeWell Engagement or Berry

Kurbo is a 12-week digital/mobile health coaching program based on 30 years of research to help you and your family eat healthier, exercise more and manage weight. Rather than focus on calorie counting, Kurbo utilizes the proven Traffic Light food classification system to help you understand food choices, find healthy substitutions and gradually decrease the number of red lights (unhealthy foods) over time. The Kurbo curriculum is based on proven behavior modification strategies for weight management and the research-based concept of supportive accountability, which is the belief that participant success and adherence is greatly improved through a support network of family and friends.

In this program, your personal behavior coach will keep you accountable and motivated with weekly check-ins over video chat and/or text. You will learn simple behavior modification strategies and tools such as goal setting to help you reach your health goals. Between coaching sessions, you will track your food and exercise behaviors in the app and have access to learning materials like videos, cookbooks and shopping lists to keep you motivated and on track. Lessons cover topics such as Reading a Food Label; Understanding Portion Size; Meal Planning; Exercise Strategies; and Tips for Eating Out.



Category: Healthy Living : Nutrition & Weight
Levels: All Levels
Fee: $225 , STAP/EA Funds: Yes
Enrollment: Current: 56   (Min: 0, Max: 500)
Class Code: kurbo-30

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Life's Purpose Workshop: Exploring Purpose for Health, Happiness, and Longevity
Wed 08/01-08/29 12:00 pm-1:15 pm
Instructor: Susan Saba MPH
Location: Health Research Policy (HRP) Building, T116
BeWell Engagement or Berry

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.

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

Category: Healthy Living : Health Enrichment
Levels: All Levels
Fee: $200 , STAP/EA Funds: Yes
Enrollment: Current: 14   (Min: 6, Max: 15)
Class Code: lpw-01

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Tue 06/26-08/14 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Instructor: Mark Abramson
Location: Li Ka Shing Learning Center, Rm 130
BeWell Engagement or Berry

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 9-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.

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.

NOTE: Retreat on Saturday, August 11 from 9a-5p in Li Ka Shing, Room 101/102.

Category: Healthy Living : Contemplative Practices
Levels: All Levels
Fee: $330 , STAP/EA Funds: Yes
Enrollment: Current: 7   (Min: 0, Max: 30)
Class Code: msm-01

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ONLINE: Omada – Online Weight-Loss Program for Prevention of Diabetes and Heart Disease
Dates/Times: NA
Instructor: TBD
Location: Your computer
BeWell Engagement or Berry

Join this online health program to lose weight, develop healthy habits, and reduce your risk for chronic diseases, like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Omada is an innovative program that combines the support of a live health coach with a weekly online curriculum, helpful tools including a wireless scale and pedometer, and the accountability of a small group of peers. The program is all online, so you can participate via your computer, tablet, or smartphone, whenever it’s most convenient for you. Over 225 Stanford University employees have already enrolled!

You’ll learn new strategies related to nutrition, physical activity, and daily challenges that will help you create a sustainable healthy approach for the long term. Based on what you learn, you’ll set and meet personal and group health goals. The average participant loses 11 pounds at 16 weeks. *Register anytime and begin the program within 2 weeks of your registration date.

Instructor: A professionally trained Omada health coach will facilitate your small online group and provide one-on-one guidance, encouragement, and accountability throughout the program.

Day/Dates: Rolling start Time: Self-paced 16 weeks, with maintenance up to a year.


Apply for the program at omadahealth.com/su

Category: Healthy Living : Prevention & Medical Management
Levels: All Levels
Fee: $550 , STAP/EA Funds: Yes
Enrollment: Current: 0   (Min: 0, Max: 500)
Class Code: omada-30

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ONLINE: Sleepio - Digital Sleep Improvement Program
Dates/Times: NA
Instructor: TBD
Location: Online
BeWell Engagement or Berry

Sleep plays an essential role in regulating our emotions, behavior, and physiology. In fact, lack of sleep has been linked with 7 of the 15 leading causes of death in the United States, including heart disease, cancer and stroke. Sleepio is a digital sleep improvement program, scientifically proven to work. Over several weeks, you’ll learn evidence-based techniques to improve your sleep using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT trains people to address the mental (or cognitive) factors associated with insomnia, such as the 'racing mind', and to overcome the worry and other negative emotions that accompany the experience of being unable to sleep.

The program consists of automated weekly sessions of about 15 minutes each, which you can view wherever and whenever is convenient for you, on your computer, tablet or phone. You’ll also gain access to a library of articles and guides which cover common problem areas, like pregnancy and sleep, shift work, and jet lag.

To get started:

Step 1 - Discover your Sleep Score for free at https://www.sleepio.com/stanford

Step 2 - Register through HIP and continue with the full online sleep improvement program.

Instructor: Sleepio’s virtual sleep expert, The Prof, will guide you through the program. The Prof will help you get your sleep back on track by providing techniques that are tailored to your specific problems and progress.

Category: Healthy Living : Health Enrichment
Levels: All Levels
Fee: $300 , STAP/EA Funds: Yes
Enrollment: Current: 0   (Min: 0, Max: 500)
Class Code: sleepio-30

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The Heroic Journey: A Creative Path to Transformation
Wed 08/15-09/05 5:30 pm-7:00 pm
Instructor: Dominique DelChiaro
Location: Li Ka Shing Learning Center, Rm 205/206
BeWell Engagement or Berry

"Our experience quite literally is defined by our assumptions about life. We make stories about the world and to a large degree live out their plots. What our lives are like depends to a great extent on the script we consciously, or likely unconsciously, have adopted." Carol Pearson - The Hero Within

We live in our stories. Our brains naturally organize our experience of events into a narrative structure that gives our lives a sense of wholeness and coherence. The Hero’s Journey, popularized by Joseph Campbell, describes the existential process we all go through as we live in and adjust to changes in our world and ourselves. The need to expand the constructs of our mind and perceptions may arise many times in our lives. Within a larger context, even negative experiences can begin to take on a constructive meaning.

Research now suggests that the impact of creative practices on well-being include an improved immune system, reductions in stress and anxiety, increases in positive emotions, and improved health. In this 4-week class, we will explore the power of mindset and perspective through engaging narratives and discussions, creative projects, personal reflection, and storytelling. Gain the tools and support needed for personal transformation by answering the call and taking the first steps across the threshold. Join us!
Instructor: Dominique Del Chiaro, Me.D, is the Healthy Living Program Manager, a seasoned educator, a transpersonal life coach, a dance and fitness instructor and mentor teacher. She has facilitated trainings for professional educators and work teams on how to be more effective and engaging for over 25 years. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Integral & Transpersonal Psychology, specializing in The Hero's Journey and rites of passage.

Category: Healthy Living : Health Enrichment
Levels: All Levels
Fee: $200 , STAP/EA Funds: Yes
Enrollment: Current: 8   (Min: 8, Max: 20)
Class Code: hero-01

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 CLASS FULL The Power of the Pause Meditation Retreat at Stanford
Sat 07/14 9:30 am-5:00 pm
Instructor: Tia Rich
Location: Education Building (Cubberly), Rms 313 & 334
BeWell Engagement or Berry
Class Past

For thousands of years, people have taken contemplative retreats – time spent away from one's normal life – for the purpose of cultivating resilience and equanimity, while deepening meaning, compassion, and wisdom. This Saturday immersion retreat offers you the experience of listening deeply to your body, spirit, and mind while being guided by an experienced teacher in a beautiful setting. Within the nourishing atmosphere and beauty of Stanford’s campus, a combination of teaching, practice and reflection provides a transformative learning experience.

The schedule includes time for contemplative practice and walks among Stanford’s natural beauty and art supported by evidence-based contemplative teachings. Careful guidance and training is offered in several practices including ones that facilitate focused attention, embodiment, breath awareness, mindfulness, emotion regulation, values alignment, reflective insight, awe, self-compassion and loving kindness. This retreat is suitable for both new and more experienced students of contemplative practices. You will receive information on contemplative practice opportunities on campus along with guidance on how to continue the "power of the pause" in your daily life.

Instructor: Tia Rich, PhD, Contemplation by Design director, HIP Resilience, Stress Management and Contemplative Practices manager.

Category: Healthy Living : Contemplative Practices
Levels: All Levels
Fee: $175 , STAP/EA Funds: Yes
Enrollment: Current: 17   (Min: 0, Max: 18)
Class Code: popmr-01