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Spring Quarter

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Most Classes Begin Mar 28
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This Spring, 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.
Spring courses that are Berry-eligible include: 

Course: Mindfulness: A Practical Approach for Life and Work (PDV 98)
Instructor: Laura Delizonna, Chief Learning Officer, Wisdom Lab
Schedule: Mondays, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm, 4 weeks, April 4 - April 25, 1 unit, $235
Format: On-campus course

Can you remain calm, confident, and centered no matter what challenges you face? Mindfulness is especially relevant in our fast-paced society that places increased demands on our attention, energy, and productivity. With mindfulness growing in popularity, it can mean different things to different people. In this course, we will define mindfulness as a mental state characterized by paying attention in the present moment, being open to new perspectives, and being nonjudgmental. Research shows that mindful people enjoy many advantages in well-being, vitality, and success. This course focuses on cultivating mindfulness as a way of being and as a powerful tool to use in daily life. Our science-based, practical approach blends traditional and modern views of mindfulness. We will expand on traditional views and practices of mindfulness, teaching students techniques for challenging current mindsets and systematically applying mindfulness in relationships, the workplace, personal well-being, and health. Exploring mindfulness through a modern lens, students employ skill-building techniques including meditation. We will engage in paired discussions and reflective exercises, which will help students relate differently to experiences and to see circumstances, themselves, and others more objectively and clearly.

Learn more > http://continuingstudies.stanford.edu/courses/detail/20153_PDV-98​


Course: Food Facts and Fads (SCI 12)
Instructor: Clyde Wilson, Instructor, Stanford and UCSF Medical Schools
Schedule: Tuesdays, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm, 7 weeks, Mar 29 - May 10, 2 units, $405
Format: On-campus course

Good nutrition sounds simple: Eat a variety of wholesome foods and drink some water. But in our modern environment, we are surrounded by food options very different from those on a traditional farm. Low-calorie sweeteners, plant extracts, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and any number of additives vie for our attention, all claiming to be the key to improved health. The various fad diets claim the same thing, many offering very different approaches to eating. How can we find out what will really help us feel better and live longer? How can we survive a trip to the grocery store or our own kitchen? By surveying the scientific literature relevant to modern nutrition, we will develop a systematic approach to creating recipes and grocery lists of foods by brand. Nutrition for general health, disease prevention, and exercise performance will be contrasted throughout the course.

Learn more > http://continuingstudies.stanford.edu/courses/detail/20153_SCI-12​

Course: Managing Perfectionism and Procrastination (WSP 165)
Instructor: Carolyn Foster, Principal, Creative Choices
Schedule: Saturdays, 10:00 am—4:00 pm, 2 days, Apr 9—Apr 16, 1 units, $405
Format: On-campus course

More of us are held back by destructive thoughts and habits than by lack of ability or drive. The twin obstacles of perfectionism and procrastination account for a majority of the professional and personal dilemmas that clients bring to executive and life coaches. The two are related, for they stem from a false belief that it is disastrous to fail. This course will offer strategies drawn from research in positive and Buddhist psychologies, leadership, and neuroscience. Interactive exercises, writing, and discussion will allow students to customize theoretical material and practical techniques to their own situations. We will discover how to dissolve these obstacles with humor, safety, and creative zest.

Learn more > http://continuingstudies.stanford.edu/courses/detail/20153_WSP-165

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