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Emotional Health, Health Enrichment, Inspiration
November 2019

Raindrops on roses (and other small joys worth chronicling)

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens … these are a few of my favorite things.”...

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Emotional Health, Environment, Health Enrichment, Stress
October 2019

Psychological safety: Breaking the silence

Studies show that psychological safety — the belief that you won’t be punished when you make a mistake —  is a critical indicator of workplace performance....

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HIP Programs
September 2019

BeWell Harvest Festival

Fresh-pressed cider giveaway, mini-gardening workshops, food demo from R&DE, garden tours, arts and crafts in the garden, DIY cider and herb mixes, mini-pumpkin patch, games and fun for children, and more!...

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HIP Programs
September 2019

Using your EA (Tuition Reimbursement) Funds

Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health provide Educational Assistance (EA) for education related to job and career development efforts....

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Parenting, Women's Health
September 2019

Supporting nursing parents at work

We spoke with Caitlin Azhderian, Stanford WorkLife Portfolio Manager, on the future of nursing support at Stanford and what you can do to support your colleagues’ efforts....

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Health Enrichment
August 2019

Avoiding colorectal cancer

In the case of colorectal cancer, a consensus of leading medical experts conclude that because precancerous colorectal cancer polyps can be detected so early  with state-of-the-art screening tests, most of us truly can avoid ever getting colorectal cancer....

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Community, Health Enrichment, HIP Programs
August 2019

Wellness on Wheels: FAQ

We deliver Fitness and Healthy Living classes at your preferred Stanford university or hospital location at a time that works for you....

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HIP Programs
July 2019

Fall fitness class transition: ACSR & AOERC

We value your participation in Health Improvement Program (HIP) fitness classes and want to provide answers and options to help you navigate through an upcoming change. ...

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Health Enrichment, HIP Programs, Spiritual Health, Stress
July 2019

Contemplation and Meditation in SRWC

The Health Improvement Program (HIP) offers guided meditation, walking labyrinth workshops and self-guided labyrinth walking, all free for Stanford University employees......

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Finance, Health Enrichment, HIP Programs
July 2019

Using your STAP funds

Did you know your STAP funds expire on August 31? Learn more about how to use your funds......

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Health Enrichment, HIP Programs
July 2019

Well Time: Frequently asked questions

You are allowed to use a portion of your accrued sick time for approved wellness activities. When you use sick time for wellness activities, we call it “Well Time.”...

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Emotional Health, Health Management, Stress
July 2019

The benefits of self-forgiveness

We spoke with Carole Pertofsky, MEd, Stanford Director Emerita, Health Promotion Services and Lecturer, School of Medicine, on why we’re prone to self-criticism and how we can cultivate self-forgiveness to lead happier, healthier and more productive lives....

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HIP Programs
July 2019

July Wellness for Stanford Redwood City

Each month, the Health Improvement Program (HIP) offers health and wellness opportunities for Stanford Redwood City employees. Here's what we've got in store for July......

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HIP Programs
June 2019

Health Coaching for Health Care Clinicians: Restoring Professional Fulfillment

The Stanford Health Improvement Program (HIP) now offers an individualized Health Coaching program for health care clinicians, including Physicians, PhD’s, Residents, Fellows, Physician and Medical Assistants, Nurses, Therapists and other Non-Physician Clinicians. ...

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Health Management
June 2019

Don’t believe the hype

Do you like to look online for health care advice? To learn how best to evaluate online health information, HIP spoke with Nancy Dickenson, patient experience supervisor and librarian at the Stanford Health Library....

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HIP Programs
June 2019

Free Fitness Week: June 10 - 14

Yes, we said free. Classes are sponsored by both the Health Improvement Program (HIP) and Stanford Recreation & Wellness (Rec). ...

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Community
May 2019

Dialing up your community engagement

Our well-being improves when we are engaged with our community, and our community thrives when we are actively involved....

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Health Management
April 2019

Stanford walking and biking maps

We've mapped the best routes across campus, so you won't have to....

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Health Enrichment, HIP Programs
April 2019

Alumni Healthy Living Retreat for Women

HIP hosts an annual retreat for women at Stanford Sierra Camp, a mountain resort in Fallen Leaf Lake, California. We spoke with Joyce Hanna, director of the retreat and Health Improvement Program Associate Director, about this popular — but little known — health and wellness gem....

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Health Enrichment
March 2019

Resolving conflicts at work

If you ever find yourself at Stanford in a difficult situation — be it academic, interpersonal, or work-related — the Stanford University Ombuds Office is here to help....

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Exercise
March 2019

Runners on running … at Stanford

Running helps prevent heart disease and diabetes, improves mental health, can contribute to weight loss, helps you sleep better and probably reduces your risks of certain cancers....

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HIP Programs
February 2019

Wellness services in Redwood City

The Health Improvement Program (HIP) is committed to providing wellness services to Stanford employees at their new Redwood City location....

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Environmental Health
February 2019

Environmental wellness: Should you care?

In this article, HIP focuses on several significant environmental hazards we encounter frequently in our homes and surroundings, with particular focus on several hazards readers may be less familiar with: arsenic in food; radon and wood smoke in the air; toxic chemicals in nonstick cookware; blue light; and climate change’s multi-faceted threat....

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Exercise
December 2018

Exercise and Technology

Technology is a two-edged sword: because of it, we either sit too much or become more active from embracing it. Are you on “the right side” of the exercise/technology equation? ...

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Aging
November 2018

Living longer: Reaping the rewards

HIP spoke with Nancy Easterbrook, the director of external affairs at the Stanford Center on Longevity, to garner her insights about the experience of living longer and the ways we can better prepare for and enjoy the later years of our lives....

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Health Enrichment, HIP Programs
September 2018

LeadWell Network

The Stanford LeadWell Network, previously known as the Stanford Health Promotion Network (SHPN), is the outreach arm of the Stanford Health Improvement Program (HIP) and the newly created LeadWell Program. ...

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Movement
August 2018

Stanford Outdoor Fitness Court

The world’s best outdoor gym has arrived at Stanford. Stanford is opening this first fitness court on a college campus as part of National Fitness Campaign, a social enterprise planning to open fitness courts in 100 cities across America in 2018....

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Stress
August 2018

Staying on stress’s good side

Are there ways you can actually maximize “good stress” to improve your well-being? HIP spoke with Firdaus Dhabhar, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry at Stanford, who specializes in studying the effects of stress on immunity and health....

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Spiritual Health
August 2018

Healing through faith

HIP spoke with Chaplain Bruce D. Feldstein, M.D., to learn how his background and training, together with several unique experiences, led him to where he is today: the place where modern medicine and spiritual comfort and healing intersect. ...

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August 2018

Having a healthy fear of skin cancer

Skin cancer will affect 1 in 5 Americans over the course of their lifetime. But do we take it seriously enough? HIP spoke with Susan M. Swetter, MD, professor of dermatology and director of the Pigmented Lesion and Melanoma Program at the Stanford University Medical Center and Cancer Institute....

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Sleep
August 2018

Sleeping better

Rachel Manber, PhD, is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford University Medical Center. Rachel has keen insights into that all too common problem facing many of us: an unsatisfactory sleep pattern....

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Parenting
August 2018

Why we need play

Play is a survival drive that is necessary for adaptation, flexibility and social learning. HIP spoke with Dr. Stuart Brown, founder and president of the National Institute For Play, about how play lights up your brain, improves your mood and connects you to the world....

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Women's Health
August 2018

Female sexuality

To open up a frank discussion of this important and often misunderstood health area, HIP spoke with Leah S. Millheiser, MD, FACOG, IF, a clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology who practices at Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital....

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HIP Programs, Mental Health
August 2018

Thriving with resilience

As manager for Resilience, Stress Management and Contemplation programs for HIP and BeWell, Tia Rich, PhD, designs, teaches and directs programs that help Stanford community members thrive. We spoke with Rich to learn about ways to reduce stress and enhance resilience....

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HIP Programs, Men's Health
August 2018

Men’s health: The silent crisis

HIP aims to bridge the gender gap on campus. By reporting on this discrepancy, we hope to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and to encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys....

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Inspiration
August 2018

The challenge of change

Sudden, unexpected and unwanted transitions — such as divorce or the death of a loved one — are clearly hard to bear. Yet even “happy” transitions, like witnessing the marriage of your first-born child, or starting a new job, can be stressful, even difficult, and often overwhelming....

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Health Management
August 2018

Dealing with pain

Vast improvements have been made in our understanding of chronic pain. HIP spoke with the team at Stanford’s Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab (SNAPL) about what we’ve learned and how we can use that information to better manage and cope with chronic pain....

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Food
August 2018

Discover mindful eating

At some point in our lives, most of us will struggle with our relationship with food. It can feel like a personal failing when the number on the scale tips higher than one would like....

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Finance
August 2018

Retirement Investing: Simplified

Do all the investment choices sometimes make your head spin? Lori Branley, director of retirement programs for Stanford Benefits, talks with HIP about investment education, options and strategies....

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Exercise
August 2018

Your guide to a well-rounded workout

America is fitness crazy. HIP sat down with Daralisa Kelley, associate director of recreation programs at Stanford Recreation & Wellness, to outline key strategies for achieving a balanced fitness regimen....

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Environment, HIP Programs
August 2018

Community Gardens

There are two community gardens on campus. Dara Silverstein, the Sustainable Food Program Manager at Stanford’s Residential & Dining Enterprises, tells us about how the “BeWell Community Gardens” are being used to educate and feed the Stanford Community....

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Emotional Health
August 2018

Self-compassion: The best medicine

Won’t “being your own worst critic” toughen you up and ultimately make you perform better? No, says Leah Weiss, PhD, a researcher, trainer, consultant and author. Despite what is often taught, self-criticism is not  necessary — and, in fact, is detrimental to productivity....

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Community
August 2018

Service and your health

Institutions of higher learning can foster lasting behaviors that further the public good. HIP spoke with Thomas Schnaubelt, PhD, assistant vice provost and executive director of Haas Center for Public Service, about the individual and collective benefits of contributing to the greater good, and why we shouldiall be involved....

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Aging
August 2018

Preventing Elder Exploitation

Your wellness depends not only on your physical and mental well-being, but also on your financial security. As you or loved ones age, you or they may be more at risk for financial fraud and abuse, which leads to financial turmoil and emotional distress....

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Health Enrichment, HIP Programs
August 2018

Living Strong Living Well

LSLW is a free, twelve week program for adult cancer survivors. Our goal is to help patients improve functional ability by building muscle, increasing flexibility and endurance, preventing unwanted weight changes and medication side effects, and improving energy levels and self-esteem....

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Food, Health Enrichment
June 2018

Don’t Bite into Nutrition Myths

It’s frustrating to hear contradictory nutrition information when we’re trying to lead healthy lives. To address this issue, we spoke with BeWell Coach and registered dietitian-nutritionist (RDN) Rosalyne Tu on the origins of contradictory nutrition information and what to do when we encounter new nutrition information....

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Health Enrichment, HIP Programs
June 2018

Contemplation by Design 2018

Contemplation by Design is a campus-wide, multidisciplinary program and annual summit designed to encourage all members of the Stanford community to enjoy the power of the pause. All events are free!...

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Inspiration
December 2013

Compassion’s curative power

HIP spoke with Dr. Seppala, the associate director of Stanford School of Medicine’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), and learned that strong medicine does not always come in a prescription drug vial....

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Environment
September 2010

The Power of Nature

Being in contact with nature, even in small ways, can take you a step away from your daily grind, and lead you to feel more positive and calm. ...

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