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NEW CLASS: Empathy and Respect in Action: How Building a Strong Community Boosts Resilience
Tue 02/05-03/05 4:30 pm-6:00 pm
Instructor: Christy Matta, Joanne Ambras
Location: Health Research & Policy, Redwood Building (HRP), Room T116 (150 Governor's Lane)
BeWell Engagement or Berry

Want to transform your good will into positive change? Research has shown that volunteerism not only has a positive impact on happiness, self-esteem, and life satisfaction, but also increases our sense of control and our physical health. Empathy, the ability to put ourselves in others shoes and experience their pain, can feel depleting. But, by putting our empathy into action, with compassion, we access the part of the brain associated with love and caring. The result is a relief from personal distress.

In this 4-session class, you’ll put your good intentions into action. Guided by principles of community engagement and the Stanford HAAS Center’s 6 Pathways of Public Service, in-class sessions will explore ways to make your outside-class experience in the community most effective. Through group discussion and activities, you will learn strategies to address personal barriers, and identify individual talents and interests that you can bring to your community. Through contemplation and reflection exercises, you will deepen your understanding of your innate altruism. For this course, we will focus on the issue of homelessness to practice and apply strategies learned in class, with the goal of being able to apply these skills to all future community service endeavors.

Instructors: Christy Matta, MA, is the Wellness on Wheels Manager for the Health Improvement Program and has worked in non-profits and local government overseeing programs for disadvantaged people those with disabilities for over 20 years.

Joanne Ambras is a BeWell Coach and her vision is to help end homelessness through productive relationships with community and campus organizations, engaging employees, and mentoring high school students who will become the next generation of advocates.

Category: Healthy Living : Stress & Resiliency
Levels: All Levels
Fee: $200 , STAP/EA Funds: Yes
Enrollment: Current: 3   (Min: 0, Max: 16)
Class Code: era-01

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Finding Inner Balance with HeartMath: Tools and Technology to Reduce Stress and Add Heart to Your Life
Mon 03/11 1:30 pm-5:00 pm
Instructor: Bruce Cryer
Location: Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge (LKSC), Room 205/206 (291 Campus Drive)
BeWell Berry

We all have the power to use our hearts to transform stress and enhance our personal and work life.

This fun, interactive science-based program teaches you techniques you can immediately apply to increase focus and energy, improve sleep, and reduce the symptoms of stress and anxiety. Each participant will receive an innovative app-based biometric device that can help manage the overwhelm of stress in real time. This technology, together with behavioral techniques learned in the workshop, are designed to enhance your ability to self-regulate emotions and physiological responses, or choose how you feel independent of what's happening around you.

HeartMath serves hundreds of organizations worldwide, including Stanford University (for more than 20 years), Boeing, NASA, Yosemite National Park, Cisco, the Mayo Clinic and Kaiser.

PLEASE NOTE: Each participant will receive an app-based sensor device to monitor and assist in emotional self-regulation called the Inner Balance? Bluetooth® sensor for Android and iPhone. The sensor works on Apple iOS v9 and newer or Android v5 and newer. Before you come to class, you will want to download the free Inner Balance App from the App Store for iOS, Google Play for Android, or Amazon for Kindle Fire.

Instructor: Bruce Cryer is the Founder of Renaissance Human, and Senior Advisor and former CEO HeartMath (11 years). Bruce has taught programs at Stanford since 1997, including 8 years for HIP and 13 years for the Stanford Executive Program.

Category: Healthy Living : Stress & Resiliency
Levels: All Levels
Fee: $275 , STAP/EA Funds: Yes
Enrollment: Current: 5   (Min: 0, Max: 30)
Class Code: heart-01

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Life's Purpose Workshop: Exploring Purpose for Health, Happiness, and Longevity
Fri 02/01-03/01 11:30 am-12:45 pm
Instructor: Jayna Rogers, Susan Saba MPH
Location: Health Research & Policy, Redwood Building (HRP), T116 (150 Governor's Lane)
BeWell Engagement or Berry

Do you ever feel a need for greater professional or 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, but are also healthier and happier. In this 5-session workshop, we will take a methodological approach to understanding the importance of purpose, finding your purpose and putting it in the driver’s seat for living a healthier and more fulfilled life.
Join us, as we:

- Identify the health benefits of having purpose in life (reduced anxiety, better sleep, lower mortality to name a few),
- Recognize and prioritize our values,
- Define the positive impact of value-based behaviors on health,
- Uncover our personal passion and talents/gifts through reflection, worksheets, and guided discussion,
- And align our values, passions, and gifts with purpose.
- 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 : Stress & Resiliency
Levels: All Levels
Fee: $200 , STAP/EA Funds: Yes
Enrollment: Current: 8   (Min: 0, Max: 15)
Class Code: lpw-01

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NEW CLASS: Making Friends With Stress: Maximizing Opportunities for Growth
Tue 02/05-02/26 5:30 pm-7:00 pm
Instructor: Debbie Balfanz, PhD, Dominique DelChiaro
Location: 1070 Arastradero Road, Room 202 A&B
BeWell Engagement or Berry

Finally, some good news about stress! Recent scientific data has found that there are some real benefits to stress. Times of stress can be opportunities for learning, personal growth, happiness, improved performance, and deeper social interactions.

Building on the work of Alia Crum, PhD (Stanford Psychology), this 4-session class will cover the research on the different approaches to stress. Specifically, we will discuss the benefits of having a “stress is enhancing” mindset; strategies for appreciating stress and harnessing that energy; and ways to reduce stress by incorporating creative play into daily life and engaging in mindfulness practices and relaxation techniques.

Emphasis will be placed on participants setting weekly goals to incorporate the learnings from class into their daily routine.

Instructors: Debbie Balfanz, PhD, is the Stanford Group Behavior Change Program Manager and provides individual wellness coaching. She has been helping individuals make sustainable lifestyle changes since coming to the Health Improvement Program in 2002. In addition, Deborah is on her own personal journey to learn how to “make friends with stress.”

Dominique Del Chiaro, MeD, is the HIP Healthy Living Program Manager, a seasoned educator, a transpersonal life coach, a dance and fitness instructor and mentor teacher. She is an avid meditator and has facilitated wellness courses for over 25 years. She is a PhD candidate in Integral & Transpersonal Psychology, specializing in The Hero’s Journey and rites of passage.



Category: Healthy Living : Stress & Resiliency
Levels: All Levels
Fee: $200 , STAP/EA Funds: Yes
Enrollment: Current: 2   (Min: 0, Max: 20)
Class Code: mfws-01

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Martial Arts for the Mind: Stress and Resiliency Skills for the Workplace
Fri 02/15 8:30 am-11:30 am
Instructor: Karen Gamow, David Gamow
Location: Clark Center, Room s361 (318 Campus Drive)
BeWell Berry

Gain clarity of mind and an increased capacity to meet and overcome life's challenges. This training provides both physical and cognitive techniques to transcend the negative impacts of stress, and to increase our capacity to bounce back from adversity. Navy Seals use these techniques to calm intense fear before combat; athletes and actors use them to enhance performance under pressure. Learn how to stop the stress response before it arises, and to find effective ways to release it, once present. By practicing the techniques learned in this workshop, you may find you can:

-Understand and communicate more sensitively with others, without denying or sacrificing your own feelings

-Manage challenging work situations with greater calm and clarity of mind

-Release stress with clinically-proven relaxation and meditation techniques that can be done in just a few moments

-Achieve relief from chronic pain, insomnia, and high blood pressure

-Increase mental focus amidst 24/7 hyper-connectivity and distractions.

Instructors: David Gamow and Karen Gamow. David and Karen have provided this training to over 30,000 people in a wide range of settings from high-tech to government. Their clients include NASA, Citrix, Nokia, Hyatt, GE, many Stanford departments over the past 20 years, and the U.S. Navy.

Category: Healthy Living : Stress & Resiliency
Levels: All Levels
Fee: $125 , STAP/EA Funds: Yes
Enrollment: Current: 15   (Min: 8, Max: 60)
Class Code: mam-01

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Personalized Stress Reduction - Patty McLucas
Tue Wed Dates/Times: NA
Instructor: Patty McLucas
Location: TBD
BeWell Berry

This 3-session personalized program is designed for people who would like to understand and learn ways to better manage the stress in their lives. Whether stress manifests as anxiety, depression, or physical agitation or illness, mindfulness practice can lead to a reduction in symptoms and an increase in quality of life. With one-on-one support in a comfortable, individualized setting, you will practice mindfulness techniques and learn strategies such as breath awareness, meditation, body scan, and gentle yoga. We will practice awareness of automatic thoughts, reframing, and connecting to the values informing the life you want to live. You will be contacted within 5 days of registration for scheduling.

Instructor: Patty McLucas, Founder of Mindful Wellness, delivers programs in Stress Reduction, Mindful Eating, Sound Sleep and Mindful Leadership Communication to senior executives and employees. A Wellness Consultant for over 20 years, Patty teaches Mindfulness Meditation for Stanford's Cancer Supportive Care Program, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for Stanford's Health Improvement Program. She has taught mindfulness, meditation and stress reduction for organizations including Apple Computer and Google.

Appointments:

Tuesdays 2-3pm
Wednesdays 11-2pm

Category: Healthy Living : Stress & Resiliency
Levels: All Levels
Fee: $275 , STAP/EA Funds: Yes
Enrollment: Current: 0   (Min: 0, Max: 10)
Class Code: psrp-04b

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Wisdom Therapy - All We Need Is Love, and Wisdom
Sat 02/09 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Instructor: Shani Robins PhD
Location: Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge (LKSC), 208 (291 Campus Drive)
BeWell Engagement or Berry

Relationships are beautiful, wonderful, and challenging! Developing life skills to love well and be happy can help us to enhance relationships, well-being, and avoid suffering. In this 1-day course, we will learn about and practice wisdom skills that have scientifically been found to enhance love and relationships. Skills such as mindfulness, emotional intelligence, empathy, compassion, gratitude, ego transcendence, and openness to experience have been empirically established as critical to having positive relationships. Other skills such as forgiveness and humor will also be presented and applied. Using multi-media visuals, short films, jokes and engaging activities this course is designed to be fun and practical.

Instructor: Shani Robins, PhD, is a licensed Psychologist, a National Institute of Mental Health Fellow, and pioneered the field of Wisdom Therapy. He is the founder and president of the Wisdom Therapy Institute https://www.wisdomtherapy.com.

Category: Healthy Living : Stress & Resiliency
Levels: All Levels
Fee: $200 , STAP/EA Funds: Yes
Enrollment: Current: 4   (Min: 0, Max: 30)
Class Code: wtr-01

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FREE WEBINAR: Emotional Intelligence A Crucial Tool to Manage Stress Effectively and Efficiently
Viewable: Any time
Instructor: Yann Meunier, MD
Location: At your computer/device
Not BeWell berry eligible

This noon-hour webinar will address the important role that emotional intelligence, also known as EQ, plays in the management of stress. The four domains and sub-elements of EQ will be defined, including the historical background. Specific behavior change tools and strategies to enable participants to increase their EQ levels will be recommended. By the end of the webinar the participant will know the potential health benefits of mastering EQ skills. The presentation will include multiple links and references to serve as theoretical and practical follow up such as books, articles, tests differentiating abilities and traits, and exercises. Instructor: Yann A. Meunier, MD was the Director of International Corporate Affairs and Business Development for Stanford Hospital and Clinics, the Director of the Stanford Health Promotion Network, and Health Promotion Manager at the Stanford Health Improvement Program. He is currently Senior Healthcare Consultant based in Foster City, CA.


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FREE WEBINAR: Getting in the Mood: How Diet Impacts Mental Well-being
Viewable: Any time
Instructor: Maryam Hamidi, MSc, PhD
Location: Clark Center, Room S361 (318 Campus Drive)
Not BeWell berry eligible

There is increasing evidence that nutrition is one of the major modifiable risk factors in maintaining mental health, yet there is very little knowledge in the general population about the associations between diet quality and prevalence and symptoms of depression and anxiety. Symptoms of many nutrient deficiencies often present themselves in form of mood disturbances prior to manifesting themselves physiologically (e.g iron deficiency). Improving diet quality can be one the first steps one can take to improve their mood and overall well-being.

This class will provide an overview of the existing evidence of the links between diet and anxiety and depression and provide practical food-based recommendations that may help with mental health. A handout and list of key references will be provided to participants.
You will learn:
? The major nutrients that are involved in mood regulation (e.g. iron, zinc, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids)
? How excess intake of some nutrients can contribute to poor mood (e.g. sugar, saturated fat)
? How psychological and physiological stress may increase the need for some nutrients
? How each food group contributes to intake of certain nutrients, and the recommended daily intake of each food group based on existing food-based dietary guidelines

Instructor: Maryam Hamidi, MSc, PhD, is a research professional at the Stanford Medicine WellMD Center.


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FREE WEBINAR: Preventing Burnout
Viewable: Any time
Instructor: Yann Meunier, MD
Location: At your computer/device
Not BeWell berry eligible

Please join Dr. Yann Meunier in this noon-hour webinar to learn about burnout: what it is, and its prevalence in the workplace. What are its predisposing signs/determinants, risk factors, and health consequences? Dr. Meunier will offer prevention recommendations at the individual level, including targets, and intervention strategies.

Instructor: Yann A. Meunier, MD was formerly the Director of International Corporate Affairs and Business Development for Stanford Hospital and Clinics, the Director of the Stanford Health Promotion Network, and a Health Promotion Manager at the Stanford Health Improvement Program. He is currently a Senior Healthcare Consultant based in Foster City, CA.