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This Summer, select Continuing Studies courses will be Berry-eligible for employees participating in Stanford’s BeWell program.
**In order to receive a 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: Health and Wellness Through the Life Journey (BIO 08)
Instructors: Philip Pizzo, Course Director; David and Susan Heckerman Professor and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford School of Medicine; Founding Director, Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute
Kathryn Gillam, Executive Director, Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute
Schedule: 8 weeks, June 28—August 16, 1 unit, $355
Format: On-campus course

With life expectancy having increased by thirty years in the past century, it is increasingly important to seek ways to optimize the quality of our lives through the life journey. How we renew our sense of purpose, sustain and build our social networks and communities, and enhance our health and well-being has the potential to keep us healthier longer. While aging is inevitable, how we age is a balance between our unique biology and the choices we make to improve our health and wellness. This includes not just focusing on our physical health but also our emotional and spiritual well-being. In this course, each week a Stanford faculty member will discuss a topic that addresses how to rethink longevity and how to prepare for a healthier life journey that benefits our family as well as our community and ourselves. While we are each endowed with a biological program for life, the choices we make and the directions we take can have an even greater impact on how our lives unfold. We will explore some of these choices, options, and opportunities for enhancing the life journey with the hope that they will provide knowledge to keep us healthier, happier, and more engaged in the world in which we live.

A tentative list of topics includes: (1) Longevity: A Long Bright Future and the Biology of Aging; (2) Thinking About Our Emotional and Spiritual Health and Well-Being; (3) Our Genes, Behavior, and Cardiovascular Health; (4) Improving Our Musculoskeletal Health and Endurance; (5) Finding Illness Early: The Emerging Field of Molecular Imaging and Early Detection; (6) Thinking About Dementia and Its Prevention; (7) Nurturing the Inner Self: Our Microbiome; and (8) Cancer Through the Life Cycle and What We Can Do to Prevent It.

This course may not be taken for a Letter Grade.

Learn more > https://continuingstudies.stanford.edu/courses/liberal-arts-and-sciences/health-and-wellness-through-the-life-journey/20164_BIO-08

Course: The Science and Practice of Strengthening Compassion (PSY 03 W)
Instructor: Kelly McGonigal, Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Schedule: 6 weeks, July 10—August 18, 1 unit, $375
Format: Online course

Compassion can be defined as the desire to relieve suffering, rooted in a sense of connection, caring, and courage. In this course, we will explore both the latest scientific research on compassion and the practical considerations for strengthening compassion in everyday life. We will explore the evolutionary and biological basis of compassion, how culture shapes who we feel empathy for, the most common barriers to compassion, and how compassion can be learned. We will also discuss the importance of self-compassion, how to deal with compassion fatigue, and how to translate a compassionate mindset into meaningful action.

The instructor for this course is a program developer and instructor for the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), which is striving to create a community of scholars and researchers, including neuroscientists, psychologists, neuroeconomists, and contemplative scholars, in order to undertake a rigorous scientific study of the neural, mental, and social bases of compassion and altruistic behavior. 

This is an online course. While necessarily structured differently from an on-campus classroom course, this course maintains a similar level of instructor engagement through videos, interactive exercises, and discussion with fellow students, as well as optional online video conferencing sessions. 

This course may not be taken for a Letter Grade.

Learn more > https://continuingstudies.stanford.edu/courses/liberal-arts-and-sciences/the-science-and-practice-of-strengthening-compassion/20164_PSY-03-W

Course: Nutrition for Healthy Weight Loss (SCI 38)
Instructor: Clyde Wilson, Research Associate, Biochemistry, UCSF
Schedule: 7 weeks, June 29—August 17, 2 unit, $445
Format: On-campus course

A recent analysis of all the research on weight loss done to date, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows that those with an “ideal weight” do not live as long as those who are a bit overweight. Furthermore, the National Health Interview Survey shows that those with a low body weight have as great a mortality risk as the morbidly obese. The research makes it clear that reducing body fat does not necessarily mean improved health. This course will address that conundrum. Our focus will be on eating for greater health and metabolic rate with body-fat reduction as a natural consequence, instead of the other way around, where focusing on weight loss might come at the expense of health. Structuring a successful eating program requires four main steps: (1) putting each individual’s food likes and dislikes at the very center of their personal program; (2) making body fat available as fuel for lean tissue, which means reducing the digestion rate of processed carbohydrates; (3) eating in a way that drives the engine in our body, particularly our muscles; and (4) creating a meal plan from these concepts to put our preferences into a systematic framework. The scientific data gives us a common starting point, but applying it to our lives takes each of us on an individual and unique journey to success.

This course may not be taken for a Letter Grade.

Learn more > https://continuingstudies.stanford.edu/courses/liberal-arts-and-sciences/nutrition-for-healthy-weight-loss/20164_SCI-38

Course: The Seven Dimensions of Wellness (PDV 39 W)
Instructor: Kee Chan, Integrative Health Coach; Public Health Scientist
Schedule: 9 weeks, June 26—August 25 1 unit, $455
Format: Online course

There is no one key to sustaining or achieving an overall healthy lifestyle. That is because wellness is a multifaceted affair, and healthy living is the product of the choices we make across seven dimensions: (1) physical, (2) intellectual, (3) emotional, (4) social, (5) spiritual, (6) occupational, and (7) environmental.

In this course, we will unlock the science behind the seven dimensions of wellness. Initially, we will explore the relationship between biology and wellness, showing how choices in our lives affect our DNA. Then, we will discuss the seven dimensions, covering one each week. Students will discover how healthy habits (such as exercise and smart food choices) contribute to an important level of physical wellness. They will also see how wellness goes beyond the purely physical and into other realms. Emotional wellness (the capacity to understand ourselves and share feelings of anger, fear, hope, and love); social wellness (the ability to connect with other people); occupational wellness (the ability to get personal fulfillment from our jobs or our chosen career fields)—these other forms of wellness also contribute to an integrated sense of well-being. 

This is an online course. While necessarily structured differently from an on-campus classroom course, this course maintains a similar level of instructor engagement through videos, interactive exercises, and discussion with fellow students, as well as optional online video conferencing sessions. 

Learn more > https://continuingstudies.stanford.edu/courses/professional-and-personal-development/the-seven-dimensions-of-wellness/20164_PDV-39-W

For more information about Stanford's BeWell program, please visit: https://bewell.stanford.edu/