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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 summer and fall courses will be held online. To learn more about our Live Online and Flex Online formats, please see our Course Formats page.**

Courses eligible for BeWell Berries include:

Motherhood and Work: Challenges and Opportunities for Positive Change (PDV 108)
Instructor: Kristi Rible Scobie, Founder, The Huuman Group
Schedule: 6 weeks (Thursdays), Sep 24–Oct 29, 7:00–8:50 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

It is 2020 yet the challenges and stereotypes surrounding working mothers have persisted for decades. Add in the shelter-in-place due to COVID-19, and working mothers are categorically one of the most time-impacted groups. This course will equip working mothers, mothers who are considering returning to work after children, and other working parents with tactics and strategies to affect positive change at work and at home. Learn more »
Happiness and Resilience: Gratitude, Gumption, and Grace (WSP 20)
Instructor: Carole Pertofsky, Director Emerita, Stanford Health Promotion Services; Lecturer, Stanford School of Medicine
Schedule: 2 days (Saturdays), Sep 26–Oct 3, 10:00 am–4:00 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

We know from research that happiness, resilience, and well-being are within reach, even if our demanding lives—particularly during this pandemic—often blur our motivation to prioritize those things that make us feel truly alive. Expect a workshop full of dynamic inquiry and the opportunity to learn essential life skills that support a strong sense of contentment, strength, and joy. Because each of us is unique, we will have the opportunity to explore skills best attuned to our own disposition and lifestyle. Learn more »
Begin Again: A Half-Day Mindfulness and Writing Retreat (WSP 80 A/B)
Instructor: Kelly McGonigal, Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Ammi Keller, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford
Schedule: Section A: Sep 26. Section B: Nov 7. Both sections are on Saturdays, 10:00 am–1:30 pm (PT).
Format: Live Online

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 »
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), Oct 3-4, 9:30 am–12:00 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

In this weekend workshop, you will learn methods for keeping new habits and make an individualized plan for incorporating cognitive-boosting activities into your everyday life. We will cover evidence-based approaches to maintaining cognitive function as you age and how to be a savvy consumer of brain-training products and supplements. By the end of the workshop, you will have the tools to execute a retirement plan for your late-life brain. Learn more »
Immune Health Basics (BIO 102 W)
Instructor: Tobi Schmidt, Immunotherapy Researcher; Personal Health Advisor and Educator
Schedule: 5 weeks, Oct 12-Nov 13
Format: Flex Online

What does it mean when a product claims to “boost immunity," and what is actually required for good immune health? This online course will explore the complex and dynamic workings of the human immune system, the cornerstone to understanding your immune health. We’ll pay special attention to the impacts our environment and aging have on our immune function, and what current research tells us about improving our immune health through nutrition, exercise, meditation, and supplementation. Learn more »
Mindfulness for Life and Leadership (PDV 107)
Instructor: Kathleen Sexton, Manager of Learning and Employee Development, County of Santa Clara; Founder and CEO, Kairos Learning
Schedule: 6 weeks (Tuesdays), Oct 13–Nov 17, 7:00–9:00 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

At work, do you find yourself feeling burdened by too many requests, with too many issues to resolve? Leaders who practice mindfulness become more strategic in their thinking and more organized in their daily work life. This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of mindfulness and provide opportunities to practice different techniques. Whether you’re aspiring to a leadership role or wanting to expand your leadership abilities, you will learn tools to keep you grounded and help you successfully navigate any leadership challenge you encounter. Learn more »
Sports Nutrition (SCI 46)
Instructor: Clyde Wilson, Research Associate, Biochemistry, UC San Francisco
Schedule: 6 weeks (Wednesdays), Oct 14–Nov 18, 6:30–9:30 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

Properly coordinating your nutrition with exercise can dramatically improve your exercise benefits, including weight loss, health, and performance. This course will review the science of sports nutrition (including delaying fatigue, driving adaptation, and speeding recovery) and guide you in applying this information to your own personal sports nutrition program. By covering both theory and application, the course will be equally relevant to those interested in the science and those wanting to improve their exercise results. Learn more »
Exploring Creative Mindfulness (PDV 106)
Instructor: Suzanne Taylor, Certified Leadership Coach and Enneagram Trainer
Schedule: 5 weeks (Wednesdays), Oct 19–Nov 16, 7:00–8:50 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

Mindfulness can help people feel more at peace, navigate change, and shift perspective. Together we will practice ways scientifically based techniques to enjoy living in the now and to reframe challenges to build resilience. In each class, you will experience a combination of lecture/discussion, exercises, and creative projects. Activities you will undertake at home will supplement and deepen your reflections to help you get more clarity, explore your wishes for the future, and build well-being. Learn more »
Vitality Essentials: How to Live Your Best Possible Life (WSP 148)
Instructor: Allan Mishra, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford Medical Center
Schedule: 1 day (Saturday), Oct 24, 10:00 am–4:00 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

Why do certain people seem so vital and vibrant, when many of us feel burdened by stress and competing demands? In this one-day workshop, we will draw from research in medicine, psychology, sociology, etc. to understand how our minds, bodies, spirituality, and relationships can work in interconnected ways to affect our overall state of well-being. Students will learn a framework for optimizing health that relies on four pillars of vitality and leave with a personalized action plan to enhance each element of vitality in their own lives. Learn more »
Brain Health: Understanding and Fine-Tuning Your Memory and Mind (BIO 09)
Instructor: Paul Li, Lecturer in Cognitive Science, UC Berkeley
Schedule: 5 weeks (Saturdays), Oct 24-Nov 21, 9:30-12:00 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

Are there activities we can do to improve the health of our brain other than maintaining a nutritious diet and physical exercise? As we age, how can we slow down cognitive decline? In this course, we will examine these questions as well as practical ways to improve the overall health of our brain as well as our memory. You will come away with a better understanding of the mind, the role our genes and our environment play in making up who we are, and how you can improve your own cognition. 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, Oct 26-Dec 4
Format: Flex 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 epigenetics, the study of how lifestyle factors can change gene activity without 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. With this information, you will be able to design a personalized nutrition action plan to positively impact your gene expression. Learn more »
Your Next Life Chapter: A Design Thinking and Behavioral Science-Based Approach (WSP 381)
Instructor: Raj Bhargava, Educator; Entrepreneur
Schedule: 4 weeks (Tuesdays), Nov 3–Dec 1 (Nov 3, 6:00-7:00 pm (PT); Nov 10-Dec 1, 6:00-9:00 pm (PT); No class on Nov 24)
Format: Live Online

The current pandemic has touched everyone globally. Many of us are considering how to improve key aspects of our lives—work, health, love, community, play, or spirituality. This workshop, based on a course the instructor teaches to Stanford undergraduate and graduate students, will help you identify the areas that matter most to you and develop a plan for change in these areas. To help inform and sustain your change efforts, we will explore what behavioral science research tells us about the meaning of life, mindsets, vulnerability, and habits. Learn more »
Ketogenic Diets and Intermittent Fasting: Fads, Facts, and Fiction (WSP 161)
Instructor: Lucia Aronica, Lecturer, Stanford Prevention Research Center
Schedule: 4 days (Saturday/Sundays), Nov 7-15, 10:00 am–12:30 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

In this workshop, we'll take a close look at two increasingly popular diet trends: extreme low-carbohydrate ketogenic diets (aka “keto”) and intermittent fasting (IF). By reproducing the biological effects of fasting, these diets promise to accelerate weight loss, enhance longevity, boost performance, and help treat a variety of diseases. But do they really work? And if so, can people eat this way for a long time? We'll answer these questions together and explore the promises, perils, and pitfalls of keto and IF. Learn more »
Aging and the Brain (WSP 259)
Instructor: Simon Tan, Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences (Affiliated), Stanford
Schedule: 2 days (Saturdays), Nov 21-22 (Saturday/Sunday), 10:00 am-4:00 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

Have you ever walked into a room and forgotten why you came in or continually misplace your car keys? Adults of any age can identify with these “senior” moments, often eliciting a chuckle from friends and family. But when do these seemingly innocuous moments become something more? This workshop will provide a comprehensive understanding of normal cognition in older adults and dispel many societal myths about aging. We will also touch upon some controversial issues such as the notion of brain fitness, and the capacity for consent to treatment. Learn more »

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