For 37 years, The Health Improvement Program (HIP) has contributed to the culture of wellness at Stanford through our health education classes. We offer more nearly 500 classes each year, and proudly serving over 12,000 people.

Our Classes


Enjoy high-quality fitness classes at work


Healthy Living

Learn evidence-based strategies to enhance your well-being



Bring a Healthy Living class directly to your department

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Credit Card

All credit card payments are securely processed via Cybersource. To pay using a credit card, register for your class, choose ‘Credit Card’ and follow prompts. You will receive an email confirmation within one business day. Credit cards cannot be processed in person or by phone.


To pay by cash or check, register for your class online and choose ‘Check/Cash.’ If you pay using this option, you are not confirmed, nor guaranteed a space in the class until payment is processed. Please make checks payable to “Stanford University.” Our mailing address is:

Health Improvement Program
3300 Hillview Ave, Suite B
Palo Alto, CA 94304

STAP Funds

Eligible Stanford University employees can pay for STAP approved Healthy Living Classes by choosing the “STAP” button in the shopping cart. Learn More.

Education Assistance (EA) Funds, also known as Tuition Reimbursement Funds

Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health employees can use EA funds to pay for approved classes. To apply EA funds to your class, submit an application, register and pay before your class begins. Submit paperwork for reimbursement within 90 days of the class end date. Learn more


Fitness Classes: Please contact us within one week of the start of the quarter to request a refund. After the first week of the quarter, prorated refunds will be issued for medical reasons only. A $10.00 processing fee will be charged for all refunds.

Healthy Living: Please contact us at least 24 hours before your first class to receive a refund or credit. A $10 processing fee will be charged for all credit card refunds. No credits or refunds will be issued for missed classes or digital apps. Please contact our office for refunds due to medical reasons.

Wait List Policy

If you would like to be placed on the waitlist for a class that is full, please call our office at (650) 723-9649 or add yourself to the waitlist by finding your class and clicking the “join waitlist” button. We will contact you if a space becomes available.

Please Note: Instructors do not make decisions about admissions. Please do not contact instructors directly about class admission.

Incentives and Tuition Assistance Options
Discounted Fitness Classes for BeWell Participants

Benefits-eligible Stanford University employees who are participating in BeWell and have completed the SHALA are eligible for two fitness classes each quarter at the reduced rate of only $30 per class. Eligible participants must log with their SUNet ID and will automatically see the $30 class fee.

Discounted Classes for Retirees

As an official Stanford retiree, you’re eligible to register for two discounted fitness classes at a rate of only $30.00 per quarter (on a space available basis) or any Healthy Living class up to 50% off. Please request discounts directly through our office at

STAP Funds for University Staff

Most of our Healthy Living classes are approved by the University Benefits Department for STAP reimbursement. Look for “STAP/EA Funds: Yes” next to the class fee online and in the brochure. If you are Stanford University Employee working 50% time or more, you can use STAP funds for pre-approved Healthy Living classes. According to University guidelines, all employees should obtain approval from their supervisor prior to using STAP funds. To check your STAP funds balance, log in to Axess > Training > STAP > STAP Balance.

Educational Assistance (EA) Funds for Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Hospital employees

SHC and SCH employees may use EA funds, also known as Tuition Reimbursement Funds towards approved Healthy Living Classes. Here’s how:

1. Make sure your Healthy Living class indicates “Approved for EA Funds”

2. Request manager approval prior to enrolling in the class:

Stanford Children’s Health employees
Click here and complete the following steps to submit an application for manager approval and reimbursement
-Click “Learning and Development”
-Click “GP Strategy”
-Click “New Application”
-Select “Individual Course,” answer questions and submit

Stanford Health Care employees
-Submit a written request to your manager with adequate documentation regarding the class at least 30 days prior to the start of class

3. Pay for your Healthy Living class using credit card, cash or check to complete registration.

4. Request manager approval prior to enrolling in the class:

Stanford Children’s Health employees
-Return to your Learning and Development dashboard in AccessHR and submit supporting documentation of class completion under the “Request Payment” page.

Stanford Health Care employees
-Login to the SHC Intranet
-Select “Connect To” –> “Tuition Reimbursement (Hosted HR)”
-Complete the Tuition Reimbursement online form
-Submit evidence of payment
-Submit proof of course completion

Note: Both Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health employees must submit manager approval documentation prior to the start of the class to receive reimbursement. All supporting documentation of class completion must be submitted within 90 days of the class end date. Policy Overview


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