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STANFORD CONTINUING STUDIES BERRY-ELIGIBLE COURSES

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: The Science of Making Conscientious Food Choices (SCI 09)
Instructor: Julita Baker
Schedule: 6 weeks, Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:50 pm, June 27 - August 8
Format: On-campus course

Food choice is a topic that encompasses overall wellbeing. It affects our physical and mental health, our exercise regime, our longevity, and our day-to-day mood. We generally know which foods are healthy for us, and which are not. Yet we still too often choose the sweeter, richer, or saltier foods. Why is this? Does the actual food environment itself, daily stress, the type of calories consumed, and even our perception of a food have any influence? Epidemiological studies are predicting that more than two-thirds of the population will be overweight or obese by the year 2030. How can we learn to make more conscientious food choices, both in the moment and long-term? In this course, we will look at why we make the food choices we make, how we can change them to align with our long-term values, and what food choices are scientifically shown to aid in weight management, longevity, and overall health. Students will learn lasting practices to improve food choices through utilizing mindfulness and mindlessness (defaulting mechanisms) to encourage healthier food options. By translating the relevant research surrounding the nutritional, neurochemical, metabolic, and psychological forces driving our food choices, we will bring awareness to the why, how, and what of food selection.

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Course: Exercise Theory and Design for Health and Performance (SCI 39)
Instructor: Clyde Wilson, Research Associate, Biochemistry, UC San Francisco
Schedule: 5 weeks, Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:00 pm, July 19 - August 16
Format: On-campus course

Human movement and exercise can increase quality of life through improved immunity, sleep, energy, metabolism, psychological state, longevity (meaning disease-risk reduction), and the improved function of tissues such as bone, nerve, joint, and muscle. This course covers movement at the large (anatomical) and small (cellular) scale, both of which are essential to exercise design. We will highlight what the scientific literature says about the impact human movement has on health and performance 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 with an enhanced understanding of the fundamental processes involved. Topics covered will include anatomy, the neural control of movement, how muscles contract and become damaged during exercise, and the recovery and adaptation process.

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Course: Happiness: Gumption, Gratitude, and Grace (WSP 20)
Instructor: Carole Pertofsky
Schedule: Saturday, June 30, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Format: One day workshop


What will you do with your “one wild and precious life?”—a question posed by poet Mary Oliver. Most of us reply that we want to experience deep happiness, life meaning, and fulfillment. The good news is that we know from research that happiness is within reach, but our complex and demanding lives often confuse and blur our motivation to prioritize those things that make us feel truly alive. Even more baffling, we may have theories about what will make us happy, but they don’t always seem to work. In this workshop, we will explore powerful, research-based practices for your day-to-day life that can boost your sense of well-being, contentment, wonder, joy, and fulfillment. Because everyone is unique, you will have the opportunity to explore skills that are best attuned to your own disposition and lifestyle. Buttressed by research drawn from psychology, basic neuroscience, and contemplative traditions including mindfulness, we will tap into natural gifts such as courage, gratitude, self-care, and compassion, all of which reduce stress and increase happiness. This workshop will include science-based teachings, reflective practices, and lively group discussions helping to relax, rejuvenate, and restore well-being.

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