Personalized sessions to enhance wellbeing
Receive the guidance you need to develop and implement a realistic plan to inspire action and enhance your wellbeing. ...
Guide to self-care: Coping with coronavirus
As Stanford works to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), it is also important that we each take care of ourselves in every possible way and that we assist in individual and community efforts to prevent further spread of this virus....
Class updates: COVID-19
While we are grateful to provide wellness services during this time of need, schedule modifications are in effect for spring quarter classes......
Aging, Health Management, Sleep, Stress
Waking up to sleeping pill risks
Insomnia is a real medical issue. But is it so prevalent that millions of Americans need to take sleeping pills every night?...
Spring class registration
Registration for Health Improvement Program classes opens on Tuesday, March 17...
Aging, Health Enrichment, Health Management
Boosting brain health
We spoke with Sharon J. Sha, MD, medical director of the Stanford Neuroscience Clinical Trials Group, clinical core co-leader of the Stanford Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, and clinical associate professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University....
Cancelled: Stanford Wellness Summit X
Our 10th Annual Wellness Summit on Thursday, March 12 has been cancelled....
Nutrition and weight: It’s personal
Even though we are all aware of the benefits of healthy eating, many of us still struggle to maintain a healthy weight while eating nutritious foods. ...
We are excited to continue to support your health from Stanford Redwood City....
The importance of self care
Towery defines self-care as any act or habit that promotes sanity, rejuvenation and/or joy....
Group fitness changes: Schedule and cost
New group fitness class scheduling may impact cost for some participants....
Emotional Health, Health Enrichment, Inspiration
Raindrops on roses (and other small joys worth chronicling)
In our fast-paced world, we often look past the simple joys that can make us feel really good — and even physically improve our health......
Emotional Health, Environment, Health Enrichment, Stress
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....
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!...
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....
Parenting, Women's Health
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....
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....
Community, Health Enrichment, HIP Programs
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....
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. ...
Health Enrichment, HIP Programs, Spiritual Health, Stress
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......
Finance, Health Enrichment, HIP Programs
Using your STAP funds
Staff Training Assistance Program (STAP) is a university provided program that offers reimbursement for tuition, registration fees and required textbooks for any training activity directly related to your job or career development effort......
Health Enrichment, HIP Programs
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.”...
Emotional Health, Health Management, Stress
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....
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......
Coaching for Health Care Clinicians: Restoring Professional Fulfillment
The Stanford Health Improvement Program (HIP) now offers an individualized Coaching program for health care clinicians, including Physicians, PhD’s, Residents, Fellows, Physician and Medical Assistants, Nurses, Therapists and other Non-Physician Clinicians. ...
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....
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). ...
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....
Stanford walking and biking maps
We've mapped the best routes across campus, so you won't have to. Use our list of campus maps to enjoy Stanford’s natural beauty on foot or on bike......
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....
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....
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....
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......
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? ...
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....
Health Enrichment, HIP Programs
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. ...
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....
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....
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. ...
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....
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....
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....
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....
HIP Programs, Mental Health
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....
HIP Programs, Men's Health
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
Environment, HIP Programs
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....
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....
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....
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....
Food, Health Enrichment
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....
Resolutions that stick
The number one reason why people do not keep their resolutions is because such resolutions are unrealistic and based on what they think they “should” be doing....
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....
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. ...