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13th Annual Wellness Fair

  March 15, 2017 — 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — ACSR More and more of us are making wellness a priority,

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Prescription drugs: The epidemic of addiction in the U.S.

Pharmacy retail sales of opioid painkillers, obtained through doctors’ prescriptions, quadrupled between 1999 and 2010, and deaths from accidental opioid

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Striving for moderation: Your relationship with alcohol in adulthood

We hear much these days about underage, excessive drinking on college campuses. But it’s well known that the problems facing

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Your next FREE Fitness Week begins on Monday, Mar. 20 and concludes on Friday, Mar. 24. Classes are sponsored by
Most of us will spend at least 100,000 hours of our lives at work. During that time, we will experience
While most people in the Stanford community do get their annual flu vaccination, there are still some “hold-outs” who, for
  March 15, 2017 — 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — ACSR More and more of us are making wellness a priority,
Pharmacy retail sales of opioid painkillers, obtained through doctors’ prescriptions, quadrupled between 1999 and 2010, and deaths from accidental opioid
We hear much these days about underage, excessive drinking on college campuses. But it’s well known that the problems facing
We all want to be healthier in 2017 and beyond. BeWell spoke with Marily Oppezzo, PhD, MS, RD, a registered
Institutions of higher learning can foster lasting behaviors that further the public good. The result of these efforts: stronger, healthier
Many members of the Stanford community experienced a strong emotional reaction to the election results. BeWell spoke with Rosan Gomperts,
BeWell and Stanford Athletics are partnering again to bring you free Stanford sports tickets. Get 4 free tickets to each of
‘Tis the season of giving, and this year BeWell invites you to celebrate your good heath by Sharing Wellness on
Caring for a child, an aging relative, or a sick pet can be emotionally and physically demanding. Because caregivers often
September 15 Healthy Work Environment (HWE) group goals submitted October 15 Deadline to submit your Screening results-by-physician October 17 Deadline to register for BeWell Walkers
Joan Passarelli, Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning (VPTL), talked recently with BeWell about how she fits
Is stress just simply bad for you? Or are there ways you can actually maximize “good stress” to improve your
Transitions affect children and adults in different ways. BeWell spoke with Stanford Professor Victor Carrion, MD (Child Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic)
Life’s transitions can be exciting or troubling, but in either case they almost always produce added stress that can tax
Sudden, unexpected and unwanted transitions — such as divorce or the death of a loved one — are clearly hard
In 2015, over 10,000 members of the Stanford Community (employees and spouses/domestic partners) took the Stanford Health and Lifestyle Assessment
Most of us have heard of anorexia, and may imagine a stereotypical image of a young woman, but this tells
Weight management is challenging in our “middle-age” years. Whether because of genetics, aging, hormones, lifestyle, or “life changes,” it is
Wellness Coach and Nutrition Educator, Joanne Ambras, believes that taking action to be as healthy as possible and cultivating a
Natalie Lavorato spent the first 18 years of her life in beautiful Edmonton, Alberta Canada. Her dad had been a
Maia Tamanakis’s passion for health and wellness began at a very young age. Her father owned a small “health food”
Most families find it challenging to have consistently high-quality time together. When a family has a child with autism spectrum
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Even if you're sure you are healthy and free from any specific mental disorder,
At BeWell, it is our mission to guide and empower the Stanford community to live healthy lifestyles and create a
The ways in which you view the aging process, and the choices you make based on that viewpoint, can directly
Experiencing positive emotions is more than just “a nice feeling.” Science is demonstrating that positive emotions have a hidden value
With over 25 schools and units at Stanford, approximately 600 buildings, and an employee population of over 14,000 faculty and
We all may realize that connecting more regularly with people can improve our social lives and our careers, but social
Your wellness depends not only on your physical and mental well-being, but also on your financial security. As you or
How less clutter can reduce stress Clutter, for many of us, is a simple annoyance; but to others, it is a
You may think of it as "a man's disease" or "a disease old people get," but heart disease is the
Sandra Tsai, MD, MPH is a clinical assistant professor in the Preventive Cardiology Clinic, the Women’s Heart Health Clinic, and
What to know and do about coronary artery disease Even though coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common cause of
If you know someone with a very cluttered home, do they keep even broken items instead of throwing them away?
Do you want to stay healthy and exercise regularly, but you are dealing with an injury or illness? Whether you
Now that the temperature has plummeted, and the days are shorter, do you find yourself losing your motivation to stick
“The power of the pause” was deeply experienced and appreciated by Stanford faculty, staff, students and community members during Contemplation
Program details and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) What’s new for Healthy Work Environment (HWE) in 2016? You now have the option
Stanford is built on high-level thinking and productivity. How does quiet contemplation fit into our culture? Quiet contemplation can be a
Chad Ruoff, MD, is board-certified in internal medicine, sleep medicine, and obesity medicine and serves as a clinical assistant professor
Do your legs sometimes feel itchy and uncomfortable, and you get an irresistible urge to move them — just when
Do you get so concerned that your child’s sleep patterns are abnormal that you can’t sleep well, either? Or maybe
On Friday, November 6, at noon, Stanford will ring the Hoover carillon bells to signal the university’s commitment to the
Beverley Kane, MD, is adjunct clinical assistant professor of medicine at Stanford Medical School, the instructor for Medical Tai Chi,
The role of contemplative practices   As manager for Resilience, Stress Management and Contemplation programs for the Health Improvement Program (HIP)
As the senior director of WorkLife Strategy for Stanford University, Phyllis Stewart Pires, MA, designs and manages programs and services
Happier families, healthier lives Mona Hartmann is the child and family resource coordinator for Stanford’s WorkLife Office. BeWell spoke with Hartmann
The role of EH&S Stanford’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is the principal health and safety office at Stanford
Kerry Kingham, MS, CGC, is a senior genetic counselor and clinical assistant professor (affiliated) of pediatrics working in the Cancer
Michael Greicius, MD, MPH, is an associate professor of neurology and, by courtesy, of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the
Donnovan Somera Yisrael, MA, has been a wellness/prevention educator in the Health Promotion Services (HPS) unit of Stanford University's Vaden
“The opposite of play is not work — it is depression.” - Brian Sutton-Smith BeWell spoke with Dr. Stuart Brown, founder and
Dr. Emmanuel Mignot is professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Center for
BeWell salutes Elaine Ray, Director of Campus Communications at Stanford, for her success balancing a challenging work schedule and a
Vast improvements have been made in our understanding of chronic pain. BeWell spoke with the team at Stanford’s Systems Neuroscience
It’s easy to forget about herbs and spices. BeWell spoke with Alison Ryan, MS, RD, CSO, CNSC, clinical dietitian for
Laurie Ausserer is Health Education Manager at the Health Improvement Program and a BeWell coach and advisor. Laurie grew up in
It’s no secret that there is stress at Stanford. While helping employees deal with that stress is central to the
As we head into the New Year, many of us will make a resolution that involves exercise. But how do
We are living longer than ever before and, as a result, financial health has never been more important. BeWell spoke
What does healthy aging look like to you? For most people, it includes independent living, mental health and physical activity.
Born and raised in the East Bay by a single mother who was a nurse, Cecille Tabernero heard about the
Julie grew up with parents who were well acquainted with the health care field. At the hospital a mile from
From a young age, Amanda knew she wanted to work in the health field and assumed she would pursue training
Soowon Kim, PhD, has been with the Health Improvement Program (HIP) for over 9 years. Her primary role is to
Jerrie is a senior health program manager for Stanford Health Improvement Program (HIP). She coordinates 90 fitness professionals who instruct
Debbie grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. A sledding accident at age 9 left her with a broken femur
Joyce Hanna is the associate director of the Health Improvement Program (HIP) and has been with HIP since 1991. She
Jayna Rogers is the Health Education Manager for the Health Improvement Program and the Workshop Manager for BeWell. She has
Very few people welcome the aging process with open arms. BeWell spoke with Manjula Waldron, PhD, consulting professor at the
Ashley grew up in the Redwoods of California’s “Lost Coast.” She credits her unique childhood surroundings and an upbringing that
Stanford faculty, staff and students enthusiastically accepted the invitation extended by Stanford to enjoy “the power of the pause” during
Manuel Cardenas-Contreras was born and raised in Galt, CA, located in the Central Valley. Being the oldest child of four,
From her parents, Sandi Winter, PhD, MHA, learned an adage that has become an underlying philosophy in her life: “If
From the kitchen of Shannon Ramirez, Office of Development Ingredients: 1-2 tbsp. olive oil Salt and Pepper (to taste) 1 bunch of fresh kale
Need to make an important decision? Have to hit that deadline? Maybe you should rest or daydream first. (“What? Rest?”)
October through December — what with Halloween candy, office treats and festive parties — is a time when many an
Danielle Kelmar, LCSW, believes that achieving balance in life is a journey rather than a destination. Raised in the Bay
Summer is here on the Stanford campus. Dara Silverstein, the Sustainable Food Program Manager at Stanford's Residential & Dining Enterprises, tells us
Rachel Manber, PhD, is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford University Medical Center. With a clinical
A man can be diagnosed with the same disease as a woman, and yet the course the disease takes in
Get support from BeWell and HIP after you retire We offer health promotion benefits to retirees because we know that your
Are you living a healthier lifestyle than you did six years ago? If you’ve been working at Stanford, it may
Randy Livingston joined Stanford University in March 2001 as Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer. BeWell recently
June 16, 2014 Think you are seeing the term “mindfulness” more often? You are. Last year, approximately 415 articles were published
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District One of the great features of living on the Peninsula is the greenbelt system that
On Friday, November 7, at 12 noon, Stanford will ring the Hoover carillon bells to signal the university’s commitment to
The Stanford community welcomed the chance to pause and reflect during the Carillon Concert on May 23. The event was
In February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed several changes to the nutrition labels you see on packaged
In 2014, 10,232 members of the Stanford University community (employees and their spouses/domestic partners) took SHALA as part of the
May 1, 2014 Even though high blood pressure, known medically as hypertension, is easy to detect and treat, many people do
November 4 - 12, 2015 Contemplation by Design (CBD) is a campus-wide, multidisciplinary event designed to encourage all members of the
Next time you drive, walk or bike onto the Stanford campus, consider the physical beauty that greets you. The benefits
At some point in our lives, most of us will struggle with our relationship with food. It can feel like
Often wonder what really makes some relationships more successful, healthy and long-lasting … while others seem so troubled and even
If someone collapsed near you, would you know what to do? Would you know the right information to give to
As 2014 begins, the BeWell program is entering its seventh year. We caught up with the founder and co-director of
My name is Christin New and I've been at Stanford for about a year and a half. In my first
Emma Seppala, PhD is the associate director of Stanford School of Medicine’s The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and
As a Wellness Advisor for BeWell, Elizabeth Skolnik, CPCC, works with participants to incorporate wellness best practices into their busy
Do you know your fasting blood glucose level? If so, do you understand what is at stake when it rises?
Do you have a health issue that you’d like to better understand? BeWell spoke with Nora Cain, director of the
With Halloween spookily approaching, dealing with the annual tidal wave of sugar can be a real challenge for parents. While
With health care currently the focus of national conversation, BeWell took the opportunity to speak with Patty Purpur de Vries,
Do you recognize when you are stressed out, but can’t find a way to overcome the negative feelings that often
If you woke up this morning wondering how to divide your energy between home and work responsibilities, you are in
Available through Stanford and your medical plan You know what is better than recovering from an illness? Not getting ill in
August 13, 2013 Hidden in plain site on the beautiful Stanford campus is an eclectic mix of family friendly sites.     Not too
WorkLife and BeWell work together “I like berries!! Yum!” announces five-year-old Daniel, pointing eagerly to the blackberries. “Can I have red?” asks
Kelly McGonigal, PhD, a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University, is a leading expert in the new field of
Out from under the covers Women and men have become equals in the home and the workplace, but a public acknowledgment
BeWell spoke with Daychin Campbell, childbirth educator and coordinator at the Stanford Center for Continuing Medical Education in the School
John W. Farquhar, MD, professor emeritus at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, talked with BeWell about health promotion, the worldwide
Do you know a child who exhibits signs of anxiety? BeWell spoke with Dr. Hans Steiner, professor emeritus of psychiatry
Despite the fact that sleep apnea, a very common disorder, can lead to serious medical problems, thousands of men and
Each season on the Farm, Stanford athletes receive instruction on improving their athletic performance. BeWell spoke with Brandon Marcello, PhD,
Once again, Stanford has been voted one of the country’s healthiest colleges, ranking #2 in the Greatist.com list of the
Our lifestyle choices Beth Ayres is the BeWell Coordinator assisting with health screenings and logistical planning of the program. Her duties
John Tubbs just completed his twenty-first fitness assessment, and he is 77 years young. BeWell spoke with the retired Stanford
Eat Better  50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food - Susan Albers 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder:
According to the World Health Organization, chronic hepatitis B affects approximately 240 million people worldwide and 1.2 million in the
Mind and body united “I am a mother. I am an athlete. I am a counselor, a student, teacher, a coach,
No one wants to imagine a time when they are sick or dying. However, now may be the best time
Protein is important. Most of us know that. Your body needs protein to form new cells and repair old ones.
If you hadn’t seen him in a while, you might not recognize Robert Sandoval, a Foodservice worker IV at Florence
Pierre Khawand is the founder and CEO of People-OnTheGo, an organization seeking to help corporations and individuals rise above the
  Christine Min Wotipka, PhD, associate professor of Education and (by courtesy) Sociology at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, describes
Do you ever wonder if all the talk about blood pressure is really relevant? The unequivocal answer: “Yes, it’s vitally
If your schedule is packed and you are overworking your credit card, it is not too late to commit to
What information will be shared? Your personally identifiable SHALA responses, screening results and participation in the Employee Incentive Program will be
January 9, 2013 We know that making (and sustaining) healthy lifestyle changes is difficult.  So, it is with great pleasure that
My name is Emad Hamrah and I work in the Safety Systems group at SLAC. I’ve been participating in the BeWell
Will we ever understand why our backs ache? And must we contemplate drastic measures such as surgery or medications to
Prior to January 15, 2012, I was living a sedentary lifestyle. I was comfortable doing what I was doing. I
Manager of Contigent Coaches Amanda Miller, Manager of Contigent Coaches and a Wellness Advisor for Stanford’s BeWell team, found her inspiration
Mary Foston-English, MFT, is the assistant director of Stanford’s Faculty and Staff Help Center. BeWell asked Mary to lend guidance
Halloween candy, Thanksgiving feasts and holiday parties: The last few months of the year can test even the most disciplined
Depression is a term that is ill-defined, often used too broadly, and consequently misunderstood. To better grasp what depression really
Since hitting innumerable buckets of golf balls was not producing desired results, I used improving my golf game as my
Rosalyne Tu, MS, RD has traveled an educational and vocational path defining her skills and experience as a Biometrics Manager,
A few years ago, I was overweight and unhealthy — it’s that simple. In August of 2009, my daughter said
Two new recreation options open at Stanford Arrillaga Recreation Center at SLAC The Arrillaga Recreation Center at SLAC opened on Monday, July
Are you living with a chronic health condition? Kate Lorig, RN, DrPH, is a professor emeritus and director of Stanford’s
BeWell recently spoke with Janada Clark, MA, who teaches Love and Logic through the Stanford WorkLife program and throughout the
Several momentous things have changed for me health-wise since I started working at Stanford School of Medicine over six years
Clete A. Kushida, MD, PhD is a neurologist and sleep specialist who currently serves as the medical director of the
To promote and maintain health, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association writing group recommends that
Stanford University has been ranked No. 2, just behind UCLA, on Greatist.com's list of the 25 Healthiest Colleges in the
Good health doesn’t just happen. Often, a series of choices defines your health. Fortunately, one bad decision usually doesn’t dictate
In 2011, approximately 9,300 Stanford employees completed the Stanford Health and Lifestyle Assessment (SHALA) as part of the BeWell program.
Dr. Sun Kim, assistant professor of Medicine - Endocrinology, Gerontology, & Metabolism at Stanford School of Medicine, talked recently with
Sun exposure facts vs. fiction Susan Swetter, MD is a professor of dermatology and director of the Stanford Pigmented Lesion and
A year ago, at age 51 and more than 120 pounds overweight, my doctor was adamant that I understand the
I signed up for the Awesome Arms & Back (AAB-01) class after my 2011 fitness assessment revealed that my bicep
Stanford Coordinated Care represents a new health care paradigm for individuals living with complex chronic conditions. BeWell spoke with the
Dana Forks, administrative associate, recently increased her daily exercise by using alternative transportation more often. Using her pedometer to track
Progress and plans at Stanford Fahmida Ahmed directs the Stanford Office of Sustainability and the campus program Sustainable Stanford. She also
Some Americans believe that health care reform legislation (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) will bring about a decline
This May, Stanford will host its 21st Healthy Living Retreat for Women at Stanford Sierra Camp, a mountain resort in
Friday, May 13 marks the day when members of the Stanford community come together for the tenth annual Cardinal Walk,
Not feeling like yourself these days? Or have a loved one who is feeling blue? The Centers for Disease Control
After reviewing my blood work for a few consecutive years and noticing an increase in blood glucose, I decided that,
 Joyce Hanna, MA, MS, Associate Director for Stanford University’s Health Improvement Program, spoke to BeWell about the ever-popular (but rarely
Chaplain Bruce D. Feldstein, M.D., is the founder and director of The Jewish Chaplaincy and an Adjunct Clinical Professor at
If you ride the Marguerite shuttle service’s Palm Drive Express, this should sound familiar: late-comers cutting it close at the
Laura Carstensen, Ph.D., professor of psychology and director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, is best known for her research
Since four of the six leading causes of death (cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes) are diet-related, your food choices can
If you ever find yourself at Stanford in a difficult dispute — be it academic, interpersonal, or work-related — the
In a 2010 survey of 7,277 Stanford faculty and staff, over half (55%) of respondents felt they were meeting the
Dr. Edward Hallowell, psychiatrist and founder of The Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health, was a faculty member at
Standing at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, Eldrick "Tiger" Woods has an athletic physique ideal for the sport of golf. Disciplined
BeWell caught up with Jennifer Robinson, PhD, manager of the BeWell Numbers Program, to gain some insight into lunchtime eating
Paying the price for less attention to health Updated on Aug 1, 2014 Simply put, men carry a higher health
The BeWell program was born in January of 2007 when the Provost and nearly 75 participants met to discuss the
Jackie Charonis currently works as the Associate Director of Facilities and Hospitality for Stanford Graduate School of Business. In her
The Kerry Breuer story   For some, “eating right” is about learning how to put together a balanced diet. For others, including
Are you looking for an easy way to add fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables to your diet? The Stanford community
Losing weight remains our most popular health goal. Shauna Hyde, a registered dietician at Stanford, advises us that we can
An integrated approach to sustainability   How can employees and companies work together to achieve a greener workplace that’s better for the
The Stanford Gleaning Project is an student organization dedicated to illuminating the passive food resources in our landscape and reallocating
In 2010, about 7,300 Stanford employees completed the Stanford Health and Lifestyle Assessment (SHALA) as part of the BeWell program.
Are modern-day multitasking and materialism maxing out your bandwidth? BeWell talked with Cecile Andrews, author of Less is More, and
Wellness involves much more than caring for your body. The brain also needs to be nurtured and treated, and "lifelong
Clifford Nass is the Thomas M. Storke Professor of Communication at Stanford University and the author of several books, including
Like salty foods? You are not alone. Americans’ consumption of sodium is up 50% since the 1980s. On average, we
If exercise was driven solely by intention, we’d all work out consistently. But as we know from experience, many outside
You already know what you should be eating and how much you should be exercising. Finding ways to incorporate these
Stocks. Bonds. Mutual Funds. Exchange Traded Funds. Do all the investment choices sometimes make your head spin? If so, you
BeWell spoke with Eric Tyson, best-selling author of Personal Finance for Dummies and Investing for Dummies.Mr. Tyson earned a bachelor’s
BeWell asked Dr. Jennifer Tremmel, Clinical Director of Women’s Heart Health at Stanford, to explain what women should know about
Finding your own faith BeWell talks with Rev. Scotty McLennan, Stanford’s Dean for Religious Life, about the meaning and significance of
What is Well Time? You will be allowed to use a portion of your accrued sick time for approved wellness activities.
Joyce Hanna's story Joyce Hanna’s message is simple: Exercise is a good thing, regardless of physical limitations. In fact, Joyce has
An exercise reality check Wendy Fortino, M.S., the former coordinator of Recreational Fitness Facilities and Fitness Programs at Stanford, uses everything
We may all know that relationships with friends and family add immensely to the quality of life. But did you
Cliff Bennett: An Arrillaga inspiration Longevity is a word heard very frequently at gyms and fitness centers across our country. I
Mental health at Stanford: Free help is available Are you struggling with a difficult issue but reluctant to get help because
The health benefits of compassion Tia Rich, Ph.D., director of Stanford CARES™ (Compassion, Awareness, and Relationship Skills to Ease Stress), spoke
My story: Jeremy Benjamin I joined Stanford in January 2010. I remember, in my orientation, hearing about this crazy thing called
Think stress is an inevitable part of life at Stanford? Think again. While most of us have more stress in a
Simple as it sounds, connecting with nature can make you feel better. Being in contact with nature, even in small
Stanford kept the title of most physically active campus in the Pac-12 conference. The Stanford community logged more than 444,000
Why do we eat what and when we do? And how can we better manage our hunger urges and eating
In 2009, over 7,000 Stanford employees took the Stanford Health and Lifestyle Assessment (SHALA) as part of the BeWell Employee
The physiology of inactivity Well, sorry, but you probably do — even if you exercise regularly five or more days a
With the flood of information coming at consumers from all directions — whether from a Web site, a newsletter or
Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who sat on the bench of the nation’s highest court for a
Sleep: It's more important than you think Almost all the things you need to do to get healthier take work .
Your brain and stress Your boss needs the project finished, your children need help with their homework and your to-do list
What makes a workplace stressful? Feeling stressed by your job? Jeffrey Pfeffer, professor of organizational behavior in the Graduate School of
One of the best ways to make sure you eat right when you’re away from home is to pack your
Computers make us more productive and efficient, but sitting in front of a screen all day long has a negative
Questions for Bill Haskell Professor Emeritus in the School of Medicine Q: What is the biggest misconception about physical activity? A: In the
From hurt to happy: The power of positive expression Ever wish you could move past anger or stress, but negative feelings