Stanford's Health Report Card

In 2014, 10,232 members of the Stanford University community (employees and their spouses/domestic partners) took SHALA as part of the BeWell Employee Incentive program. While all personal information remains private, the aggregate data depict the health and lifestyle behaviors of the Stanford community as a whole.

Based on the self-reported data collected, members of the Stanford community continue to meet or exceed targets set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People in the following areas: body weight, physical activity, smoking, and alcohol consumption. The Stanford population continues to meet or exceed the baseline for nutrition behaviors, but falls short of the target. In other words, we are eating more healthfully than the overall American public, but have not yet arrived at the targets established by Healthy People. The two areas where the Stanford community falls short of Healthy People baseline numbers are emotional health and sleep.

Overall, the numbers for this year look very similar to last year. The one exception is that more participants reported meeting the higher recommended level for cardiovascular physical activity this year as compared to last year. This increase should be interpreted with caution, however, as a change in format of the response options for the physical activity questions might be at least partially responsible for that increase.

The table below shows the percentages of Stanford University community members who meet the stated target behaviors/risk factors from 2008 (when the BeWell program started) through 2014.

Health Report Card, 2008 - 2014


Healthy People 2020’s baseline and target were used as benchmarks, except in the area of nutrition, where we utilized Healthy People 2010’s baseline and target (the new baseline and targets cannot be measured by SHALA questions).

$SHALA’s physical activity questions assessing moderate and vigorous exercises were updated in 2012 to reflect revisions in national physical activity recommendations. In the previous years, SHALA questions did not directly measure the moderate and vigorous exercises in terms of minutes of exercises per week and thus percentages from those years are not included. The format of the response options for these questions was updated in 2014, which may affect interpretation of 2014 results as compared to 2013 data.

*Starting in 2012, SHALA assessed both smoking behaviors and other uses of tobacco. Prior to 2012, only smoking behaviors were assessed.

**SHALA did not ask about binge drinking directly prior to 2013; therefore, no comparable data are available from previous years.

***SHALA did not ask about sleep prior to 2012; therefore, no comparable data are available from previous years.