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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.  
Fall courses that are Berry-eligible include: 

Course: Playful Mindfulness: A Journey to Everyday Confidence, Calm, and Connection (PDV 103)
Instructor: Ted DesMaisons, Founder and Principal, ANIMA Learning
Schedule: 6 weeks, Tuesdays, Sep 24 – Oct 29, 7:00 – 9:00 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. Learn more >

Course: Ketogenic Diets and Intermittent Fasting: Fads, Facts, and Fiction (WSP 161)
Instructor: Lucia Aronica, Lecturer, Stanford Prevention Research Center
Schedule: 2 days, Saturdays, Sep 28 & Oct 5, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Format: On-campus course

What are fast-mimicking diets, and are they actually good for you? In this workshop, we will 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 including diabetes, autoimmune disease, and neurological disorders. But do these diets really work? And if so, can people eat this way for a long time? We will answer these questions together and explore the promises, perils, and pitfalls of keto and IF. Learn more >

Course: Sports Nutrition (SCI 46)
Instructor: Clyde Wilson, Research Associate, Biochemistry, UC San Francisco
Schedule: 5 weeks, Wednesdays, Oct 2 – Oct 30, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Format: On-campus course

Properly coordinating your nutrition with exercise can dramatically improve your exercise benefits, including weight loss, health, and performance. In this course, we will examine how nutrition for performance addresses delaying fatigue, driving adaptation, and speeding recovery. This course will review the science of sports nutrition and will guide you in applying this information to your own personal sports nutrition program. The important foundations of your program are separated into what you are consuming during and right after exercise (calories, fluids, electrolytes) and throughout the rest of your day (meals, snacks, hydration). 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 >

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, Oct 7 – Nov 8
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. 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. Learn more >

Course: 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, Oct 14 – Nov 22
Format: Online course

Poet and cancer survivor Christian Wiman writes, “Death is here to teach us something, or to make us fit for something.” Indeed, 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 this all to end, and 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’s When Breath Becomes Air, Max Ritvo’s Four Reincarnations, and Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking. Throughout this course, we will reflect on identity and the process of living with illness, grieving for others and ourselves, and how to care for others and honor their wishes. In thinking about death, we will think more clearly about what makes life meaningful, what and who we are grateful for, and what goals we ultimately want to set for ourselves. Learn more >

Course: Choosing Happiness (PDV 83)
Instructor: Laura Delizonna, Executive Coach
Schedule: 4 weeks, Thursdays, Nov 7 – Dec 5, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Format: On-campus course

This course explores the roots of a happy and meaningful life. Studies suggest that 40 percent of our happiness is determined not by our genes or circumstances, but by the daily habits and activities we engage in. In this course, we approach happiness as a way of being—wholehearted living that has depth and meaning. Students will learn why social connections, kindness, and community are keys to happiness, and discuss the limits, common misconceptions, and pitfalls when pursuing happiness. We will explore how happiness practices change the brain, strengthen the immune system and sleep, enhance performance at work, and improve relationships. The course text will be Thrive: Self-Coaching for Happiness and Success, a comprehensive workbook that includes summaries of scientific findings, worksheets, application guides, and practical exercises. Learn more >

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