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

Fall courses eligible for BeWell Berries will include:

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 16–Nov 13, 10:00 am–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? Do mental exercises like crossword puzzles and brain games really help? As we age, how can we slow down cognitive decline associated with the retention of information, attention, and the speed at which we process information effectively? In this course, we will examine these questions as well as practical ways to improve the overall health of our brain, including an important aspect of the brain—our memory. Learn more »
Building Resilience (WELL 06)
Instructor: Antoine de Morrée, Instructor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences, Stanford
Schedule: 8 weeks (Mondays), Oct 4–Nov 29, 7:00–8:50 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

In times of stress, resilience is key. Luckily, resilience can be learned. In this interactive course, you will learn research-based techniques to help you build resilience, navigate setbacks, and identify your purpose. Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology, this course will teach you how to find solid footing when you feel overwhelmed and a way to find the strength to bounce back. Students will acquire a framework to analyze and discuss their own minds and emotions, together with exercises to help them evaluate and guide those emotions. Learn more »
How to Enhance Your Vitality: A Scientific, Social, and Spiritual Approach (WELL 15)
Instructor: Allan Mishra, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford Medical Center
Schedule: 4 weeks (Wednesdays), Oct 27–Nov 17, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

Why do certain people seem so vital and vibrant? In a world where many of us feel burdened by stress, pressure, and competing demands, a lucky few seem to radiate with joy, purpose, warmth, and vitality. In this course, we will draw from research in biology, medicine, psychology, sociology, and elsewhere to understand how our minds, bodies, spirituality, and relationships can work in interconnected ways to enhance or deplete our overall state of well-being. To make this happen, we will work with a framework for optimizing physical and mental health that could be applicable to anyone. Learn more »
Immune Health Basics (BIO 102 W)
Instructor: Tobi Schmidt, Immunotherapy Researcher; Personal Health Educator
Schedule: 5 weeks, Oct 18–Nov 19
Format: Flex Online

What does it mean when a product claims to support “immune health” or promises to “boost immunity”? We hear these claims frequently, but what is actually required for good immune health, and can we really modulate the immune system to our advantage? In this online course, we will explore the complex and dynamic workings of the human immune system. Students will be introduced to the basic biology of the immune system, and we will examine the very different roles the immune system plays in infections, cancer, and autoimmunity. Learn more »
Ketogenic Diets and Intermittent Fasting: Fads, Facts, and Fiction (BIO 11)
Instructor: Lucia Aronica, Lecturer, Stanford Genetics and Genomics Certificate Program; Genomics R&D Lead, Metagenics; Topic Editor, Frontiers in Genomics
Schedule: 4 days (Saturday/Sundays), Nov 13, 13, 20, and 21, 10:00 am–12:30 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

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. But do they 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 »
Longing for Longevity: From Biology to Biohacking (BIO 07)
Instructors: Lucia Aronica, Lecturer, Stanford Genetics and Genomics Certificate Program; Genomics R&D Lead, Metagenics; Topic Editor, Frontiers in Genomics; Maddalena Adorno, Co-Founder and CEO, Dorian Therapeutics
Schedule: 6 weeks (Mondays), Sept 20–Oct 25, 7:00–8:50 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

Everyone wants to live longer, but nobody wants to get old. So what if we could not only add years to life but also life to years? This is not science fiction, it’s geroscience. In this course, we will see how the booming field of aging biology is redefining what it means to grow old. We will describe the main theories around aging, with a focus on genetic and epigenetic mechanisms, and answer questions that were hardly considered even a decade ago. Learn more »
Managing Emotions with Skill: An Introduction to the Principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSY 96)
Instructor: Natalie Solomon, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Stanford School of Medicine
Schedule: 5 weeks (Mondays), Oct 25–Nov 29, 6:00–7:50 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

Whether we are trying to navigate our own distress or to comfort loved ones through trying times, we may find ourselves wishing we had more tools to handle emotions from a different perspective. 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. Learn more »
Mindfulness and Creative Writing (WELL 04)
Instructors: Ammi Keller, Instructor, Stanford Continuing Studies Online Certificate Program in Novel Writing; Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford; Kelly McGonigal, Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Schedule: 5 weeks (Tuesdays), Oct 19–Nov 16, 4:00–5:30 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

During this course, we will learn about and try on contemplative practices paired with creative explorations of past roles, present-moment sensory experience, future hopes and commitments, and fictional possibilities. Each session will pair mindfulness practice with step-by-step creative writing activities designed to make invention easy and available even for those with no previous writing experience, while those with an existing habit will gain new techniques for dropping into creative flow. Learn more »
Mindsets Matter: Strategies for Improving Your Performance, Health, and Well-Being (PDV 95)
Instructor: Kari Leibowitz, Health Psychologist
Schedule: 5 weeks (Tuesdays), Oct 19–Nov 16, 7:00–8:50 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

When you exercise, is it a chore or an indulgence? When you take a new medication, do you think about how it will help you heal, or do you worry about side effects? Do you avoid or embrace stress? Your answers to questions like these can reveal how mindsets—thoughts, beliefs, and expectations, conscious or otherwise—shape your life. Drawing from cutting-edge research in psychology, medicine, and behavioral economics, this course will illustrate how powerfully, and sometimes surprisingly, mindsets impact our motivation, performance, health, and well-being. Learn more »
Motherhood and Work: Challenges and Opportunities for Positive Change (PDV 108)
Instructor: Kristi Rible, Founder, The Huuman Group
Schedule: 6 weeks (Thursdays), Oct 14–Nov 18, 7:00–8:50 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

The realities and stereotypes surrounding working mothers have persisted for decades and the pandemic amplified the existing challenges. American working mothers are maxed-out and under-supported. “The motherhood penalty,” the “double-burden syndrome,” and the “second shift” are examples of terms used to describe the realities that mothers often face when managing both their paid work and “unpaid work” such as household responsibilities and caring for children and family. Is work-life balance possible? In this course, we will examine that question through a close look into the challenges and opportunities faced by working parents, particularly working mothers, as they navigate the confluence of career and caregiving. 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 23–24, 9:00 am–12:00 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

In this online course, 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 course, you will have the tools to create and execute a retirement plan for your late-life brain. Learn more »
Playful Mindfulness: A Journey to Everyday Confidence, Calm, and Connection (PDV 103)
Instructor: Ted DesMaisons, Founder and Principal, ANIMA Learning
Schedule: 10 weeks (Wednesdays), Sept 22–Dec 1, 6:00–8:05 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

Integrating insights and exercises from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) with those from improvisational theater, this course 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 will take a different track, learning to “play attention” through traditional methods and also through humor, games, and exercises drawn from improvisational theater. Learn more »
Sports Nutrition (SCI 46)
Instructor: Clyde Wilson, Research Associate, Biochemistry, UC San Francisco
Schedule: 6 weeks (Thursdays), Oct 14–Nov 18, 6:30 pm–9:00 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

Coordinating nutrition with exercise dramatically improves exercise benefits, such as weight loss, health (including immune strength), and fitness. 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. Learn more »
The Art of Opening in the Moment: Couples Connection Simplified (WSP 398)
Instructor: Kathryn Ford, Couples Therapist
Schedule: 2 days (Saturdays), Oct 2 and 9, 9:30–11:30 am (PT)
Format: Live Online

Successfully navigating the grand adventure of being a couple depends on your openness to each other in each unfolding moment. This openness is known as your emotional aperture. Your ability to sense that openness—aperture awareness—is your superpower for loving relationships. This course will teach you simple, powerful techniques for keeping the emotional aperture open in order to minimize the potential injuries of vulnerability and maximize being known, loved, and supported. Learn more »
The Power of Sleep (PDV 74)
Instructor: Glenn Brassington, Professor of Psychology, Sonoma State
Schedule: 5 weeks (Mondays), Oct 18–Nov 15, 7:00–8:50 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

Sleep powers every aspect of our life. Our focus, attention, memory, mental processing, decision-making, endurance, speed, mood, relationships, nutrition, stress, health, and performance are all enhanced with the right type and quantity of sleep. In this applied and practical course, students will learn what scientists have reported about the fundamental physiological, psychological, and environmental variables involved in promoting healthy and performance-enhancing sleep. Students will conduct sleep experiments, create a sleep improvement program, and evaluate the effects of sleep on their health and performance. Learn more »

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