STANFORD CONTINUING STUDIES BERRY-ELIGIBLE COURSESThis quarter, select Continuing Studies courses will be Berry-eligible for employees participating in Stanford’s BeWell program.
**In order to receive a BeWell Berry, students must take the course for Credit or a Letter grade.** Students will be asked to choose the credit option during the registration process. The Continuing Studies program will report student attendance to the BeWell office at the conclusion of the quarter. And, as always, all Continuing Studies courses are STAP-fund eligible.
Summer courses that are Berry-eligible include:
Course: Exercise Theory and Design for Health and Performance (SCI 39)
Instructor: Clyde Wilson, Research Associate, Biochemistry, UC San Francisco
Schedule: 4 weeks, Mondays, Jun 24 – Jul 15, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Format: On-campus course
Human movement and exercise can increase quality of life through improved immunity, sleep, energy, metabolism, psychological state, longevity (meaning disease-risk reduction), and the improved function of tissues such as bone, nerve, joint, and muscle. This course covers movement at the large (anatomical) and small (cellular) scale, both of which are essential to exercise design. We will highlight what the scientific literature says about the impact that human movement has on health and performance parameters so that exercise can be targeted to specific goals. We will also develop a simple approach for applying this information to our lives, helping students to develop personalized exercise programs that benefit from an enhanced understanding of the fundamental processes involved. Topics covered will include anatomy, the neural control of movement, how muscles contract and become damaged during exercise, and the recovery and adaptation process.
Course: Happiness: Gumption, Gratitude, and Grace (WSP 20)
Instructor: Carole Pertofsky, Director, Stanford Wellness and Health Promotion Services, Vaden Health Center; Faculty, School of Medicine
Schedule: 1 day, Jun 29, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Format: On-campus course
What will you do with your “one wild and precious life?”—a question posed by poet Mary Oliver. Most of us reply that we want to experience deep happiness, life meaning, and fulfillment. The good news is that we know from research that happiness is within reach, but our complex and demanding lives often confuse and blur our motivation to prioritize those things that make us feel truly alive. Even more baffling, we may have theories about what will make us happy, but they don’t always seem to succeed when we try them in real life. In this workshop, you will explore powerful, research-based practices for your day-to-day life that can boost your sense of well-being, contentment, wonder, joy, and fulfillment. Because each of us is unique, you will have the opportunity to hone in on skills that are best attuned to your own disposition and lifestyle. Buttressed by research drawn from psychology, basic neuroscience, and contemplative traditions, including mindfulness, you will tap into natural gifts such as courage, gratitude, self-care, and compassion, all of which are known to reduce stress and increase happiness. The workshop also will include science-based teachings, reflective practices, and lively group discussions helping to relax, rejuvenate, and restore well-being.
Course: Playful Mindfulness: A Two-Day Intensive (WSP 60)
Instructor: Ted DesMaisons, Founder and Principal, ANIMA Learning
Schedule: 2 days, Jul 27 – Jul 28, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Format: On-campus course
The fast-paced demands of our current world often leave us breathless and frustrated. Mindfulness—paying attention to the present moment with curiosity and kindness—helps us slow down, take a breath, and befriend the inner resources that lead to discovery, delight, and a life well-lived. Integrating insights and exercises from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) with those from improvisational theater, this concentrated workshop will help you forge new neural pathways and develop a more connected personal presence. While mindfulness training sometimes takes on a somber or even pious tone (This is serious stuff!), in this course we choose a different track, learning to “play attention” through traditional methods and also through humor, games, and exercises drawn from improvisational theater. As a collaborative art form, improv offers the benefits of shared adventures that deepen enjoyment of life’s good times and provide a buoy in rough waters. Our topics will include our relationship to failure, paying attention, cultivating curiosity and kindness, the mind as storyteller, mindfulness in motion, and moving from reactivity to response. Learning modes will include formal mindfulness practices, informal practices that integrate the skills we are learning into daily life, and shared inquiry using safe small and large discussions to draw wisdom from the whole group.
Course: Diet and Gene Expression: You Are What You Eat (BIO 03 W)
Instructor: Lucia Aronica, Lecturer, Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC)
Schedule: 5 weeks, July 29 – Aug 30
Format: Online course
We tend to think that good genes make us thin and healthy, whereas bad genes make us fat and sick. But what if we could turn our “good” genes on and our “bad” genes off, and improve our overall health, by making the right dietary and lifestyle choices? The science of epigenetics suggests we can do just that. In this course, we will provide an introduction to epigenetics, the study of how lifestyle factors can change gene activity without actually modifying the underlying DNA. With that basic foundation in place, students will discover that there is a sort of give and take between our genes and the food we eat: Genes affect nutrient response through nutrigenetics, while nutrients affect gene activity through nutrigenomics, which in turn is mediated by epigenetics mechanisms. We will specifically explore basic concepts in nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics, and see how certain nutrients and bioactive food compounds can send signals to our genes and modify their activity. We will have live question-and-answer sessions with two of the world’s leading scientists in this field, Professor Randy Jirtle (University of Wisconsin) and Professor Michael Skinner (Washington State). Using the information covered in this course, students will be able to design a personalized nutrition action plan to positively impact their gene expression.
For more information about Stanford's BeWell program, please visit: bewell.stanford.edu