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This 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.

**All Continuing Studies spring and summer courses will be held online. To learn more about virtual course and online course formats, please see our Course Formats page.**

Summer courses eligible for BeWell Berries:

Exercise Theory and Design for Health and Fitness (SCI 39)
Instructor: Clyde Wilson, Research Associate, Biochemistry, UC San Francisco
Schedule: 4 weeks (Wednesdays), Jun 24–Jul 15, 6:30–9:30 pm (PT)
Format: Virtual

Human movement and exercise can increase quality of life through improved immunity, sleep, energy, metabolism, psychological state, longevity, and the improved function of tissues. This course highlights what the scientific literature says about the impact that human movement has on health and fitness 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. Learn more »
Playful Mindfulness (WSP 60)
Instructor: Ted DesMaisons, Founder and Principal, ANIMA Learning
Schedule: 6 weeks (Wednesdays), Jul 1–Aug 5, 7:00–9:00 pm (PT)
Format: Virtual

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), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and improvisational theater, this workshop will help you forge new neural pathways and develop a more connected personal presence. Learn more »
Inflammation and Disease (BIO 04 W)
Instructor: Tobi Schmidt, Immunotherapy Researcher; Personal Health Advisor and Educator
Schedule: 5 weeks, Jul 13–Aug 14
Format: Online

Inflammation is a double-edged sword. It is required to protect the body, but too much of it can create disease. Diabetes, cancer, depression, and stroke are just a few of the diseases associated with chronic inflammation. How can something that protects us from infection and helps us to repair and restore the body also be so bad for us? In this online course, we will take a close look at how our lifestyle choices affect our health through inflammation and investigate the cellular events orchestrating our healthy and our unhealthy states. Learn more »
Mindful Empathy for Life and Work (WSP 350)
Instructor: Cecilia Kremer, Certified Leadership and Empathy Coach; Dana Ben-Yehuda, Certified Alexander Technique Instructor
Schedule: 3 days (Saturday/Sunday), Jul 18–19 & Jul 25, 10:00–11:40 am (PT)
Format: Virtual

Creating and sustaining productive, trusting relationships is key to success in life and work. This workshop will boost your capacity to cultivate positive relationships through mindful empathy, which fosters effective collaboration, authentic communication, and interpersonally astute decision-making. Students will leave with a set of new skills and practices that can be incorporated in daily life, empowering you to manage yourself and engage with others more fully. Learn more »
Writing Our Way Forward: An Online Mindfulness and Writing Retreat
Instructor: Kelly McGonigal, Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Ammi Keller, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford
Schedule: Section A: Jul 18 & Jul 25 / Section B: Aug 15 & Aug 22. Both sections are two Saturdays, 10:00 am–1:30 pm (PT).
Format: Virtual

Writing, paired with mindfulness practice, can bring us back to ourselves and connect us to others, even during the most challenging of times. By dropping into guided meditations, responding to creative and reflective writing prompts, sharing the words that result, and listening and reading mindfully as a celebration of our common humanity, we will build community while learning tools that expand our capacity to be with present moment experience. Both section A and B cover the same content. Learn more »
Diet and Gene Expression: You Are What you Eat (BIO 03 W)
Instructor: Lucia Aronica, Lecturer, Stanford Prevention Research Center
Schedule: 5 weeks, Jul 20–Aug 21
Format: Online

What if we could turn our “good” genes on and our “bad” genes off to improve our overall health by making the right dietary and lifestyle choices? Learn how with the science of epigenetics, the study of how lifestyle factors can change gene activity without actually modifying the underlying DNA. In this course, we will discover how food is a powerful signal to our genes that can positively impact our metabolism, longevity, and mental well-being. Using the information covered in this course, students will be able to design a personalized nutrition action plan to positively impact their gene expression. Learn more »
What Matters Most in Life: The Lessons We Can Learn from Dying (PDV 105 W)
Instructor: Jason Silverstein, Lecturer and Writer-in-Residence, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Schedule: 6 weeks, Jul 20–Aug 28
Format: Online

No subject demands answers to the hard questions of life more than death: What kind of life is worth living? How should I cope with aging? How do I want to be remembered? This course searches for answers through a compassionate reading of authors who wrote about their experiences with death and dying: Paul Kalanithi, Max Ritvo, and Joan Didion. Throughout this course, we will reflect on identity and living with illness, grieving, and how to care for others and honor their wishes. In thinking about death, we will think more clearly about what makes life meaningful and what goals we ultimately want to set for ourselves. Learn more »
Managing Emotions with Skill: An Introduction to the Principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSY 96)
Instructor: Hannah Raila, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Psychiatry, Stanford School of Medicine
Schedule: 4 weeks (Wednesdays), Jul 22–Aug 12, 6:30–8:50 pm (PT)
Format: Virtual

Emotions shape our worlds, yet they can be difficult, confusing, and draining. Skills derived from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)—a treatment especially effective for depression and anxiety—are one way of challenging the thought patterns and behavioral habits that keep people stuck in a spiral of negative emotion. In this course, students will learn the principles of and theory behind CBT, as well as ways to integrate them into daily life. No background in psychology is required. Learn more »
Planning for Your Late-Life Brain: Habits You Can Build Now to Improve Cognitive Function Later (WSP 57)
Instructor: Quinn Kennedy, Founder and CEO of QK Consulting; Professor, Naval Postgraduate School
Schedule: 2 days (Saturday/Sunday), Jul 25–26, 9:30 am–12:00 pm (PT)
Format: Virtual

In this weekend workshop, you will learn about evidence-based approaches to maintaining cognitive function as you age; the importance of regular physical exercise, mindfulness, social connection, and good sleep for your brain; and how to be a savvy consumer of brain-training products and brain-boosting supplements. You will learn methods for keeping new habits and will make an individualized plan for incorporating cognitive-boosting activities into your everyday life. By the end of the workshop, you will have the tools to create and execute a retirement plan for your late-life brain. Learn more »


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