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Achieving your SMART health goal Stanford BeWell

Details: Good health doesn’t just happen. Often, a series of choices defines your health. Fortunately, one bad decision usually doesn’t dictate your health outcome: If you eat a cheeseburger, fries and a milkshake for dinner one night, you won’t wake up with chronic hypertension the next morning.

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Spirituality and health

Details: Faith is an integration of all that we know about what truly, ultimately matters — intellectually, emotionally, scientifically, aesthetically, and personally. Faith comes in many different forms: some traditionally religious, some spiritual but not religious, and some entirely secular. Looked at the other way around, faith at its best is the

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Connecting for wellness

Details: We all may realize that connecting more regularly with people can improve our social lives and our careers, but social connections also have a fundamental impact upon our very health and wellness. To explain “the connection,” BeWell spoke with Rosan Gomperts, LCSW, director of the Faculty Staff Help Center at Stanford.

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Wellness in the great outdoors

Details: Health experts say that outside airflow helps to disperse the virus. “It definitely spreads more indoors than outdoors,” Roger Shapiro, a professor at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told The Hill. “The virus droplets disperse so rapidly in the wind that they become a nonfactor if you’re not really very close

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Relaxing into better days

Details: Sleep impairment is associated with burnout and health degeneration, and experts recommend prioritizing sleep above other activities. “Living in a state of relaxation deprivation is not a long-term strategy. It isn’t motivating. Accepting that relaxation will provide you with more energy to meet life demands can help buffer the idea that

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Run for your health

Details: Here is a summary of some of the more significant health benefits associated with running (or other vigorous forms of exercise): Heart health Running, even 5-10 minutes per day and slow speeds <6 mph, is associated with markedly reduced risks of death from all causes and cardiovascular disease ( Journal of Amer. Coll. Cardiology , 2014: Leisure

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Pets and wellness Stanford BeWell

Details: Pets improve emotional health. Research has linked pets with lower stress, decreased feelings of loneliness and increased opportunities for socialization. “There’s documented research that just petting a dog can help release endorphins and lower heart rates,” Kessler says. …

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Heart health: Now more than ever Stanford BeWell

Details: As the CDC has stated: Because hypertension can lead to significant health problems — including heart attack, stroke, heart failure and kidney failure, more than 472,000 people died of it in 2017. 9 That’s nearly 1,300 deaths each day. Only about 1 in 4 adults (24%) with …

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Living longer: Reaping the rewards Stanford BeWell

Details: In terms of physical health, we are studying the impact of nutrition and physical mobility. Sedentary behavior, such as when you are on the computer, may be more detrimental to your health than smoking. Twenty years ago, jobs weren’t quite so sedentary. It has become more important to be aware of your physical activity throughout the day.

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Multi-session Coaching

Details: Jayna Rogers, MPH, NBC-HWC, is a health education manager for the BeWell Program. She has a National Board Certification in Health and Wellness Coaching and has been a health educator and researcher for the Stanford School of Medicine and BeWell Program for 20 years in the areas of chronic disease self-management, smoking cessation, weight management, women’s health, and wellness …

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Race and wellness

Details: Here you have public health officials beginning to blame African Americans and Latinxs for actually suffering. … We often blame the victims.” 11. Georges Benjamin, MD, the executive director of The American Public Health Association (APHA), summed it up on May 29, 2020 by saying, quite simply: “Racism is an ongoing public health crisis.” 12

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The benefits of self-forgiveness

Details: However, problems arise when we strive to be perfect in meeting our goals. Pertofsky cautions that perfectionism is toxic because “being perfect” is an unachievable illusion. Striving for the unachievable is a recipe for massive stress, constant disappointment and problems with our physical and mental health, such as depression and anxiety.

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Your guide to a well-rounded workout

Details: Exercise isn’t enough to help you manage your weight and health if you eat a lot of high-fat, high-calorie food. You also may not be working out as intensely as you think. Be objective about your workout and what you are and aren’t doing. For example, spending significant time on your phone, watching TV or socializing at the gym may detract

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Men's health: The silent crisis

Details: Paying the price for less attention to health. Updated on Aug 1, 2014. Simply put, men carry a higher health risk than women. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), men are half as likely as women to make doctor visits for preventive services.

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Mitigating the health impacts of wildfire smoke

Details: Mitigating the health impacts of wildfire smoke. Last year, Californians endured one of the worst fire seasons in recent history. Homes were lost, people were evacuated and the vast majority of the Bay Area population was advised to stay indoors for weeks to avoid toxic levels of air pollution. As we adjust to California’s “fire season

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Tending to your emotional health

Details: Does mental health impact physical health? The research literature as well as anecdotal evidence suggests that physical health can be affected by one’s emotional health and sense of well-being. When we are unduly stressed or depressed, our general functioning may be impaired, as may be our ability to experience pleasure and fulfillment.

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2021 Cardinal Walk

Details: 2021 Cardinal Walk. This year, we celebrated wellness as a community by participating in the first-ever Cardinal Walk Challenge. Throughout the month of July, together we completed 1,093 wellness challenges. You chose from our list of wellness challenges or created challenges of your own, and you shared your experience to promote the value of

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Embracing a Plant-Based Diet

Details: Embracing a Plant-Based Diet. Your diet is one of the first places to start if you’re looking to manage your health and weight. Focusing on whole foods from plant sources can reduce body weight, blood pressure and risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes — and it …

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The power of nature Stanford BeWell

Details: Simple as it sounds, connecting with nature can make you feel better. Being in contact with nature, even in small ways (like noticing the spring flowers or putting a plant in your office), can take you a step away from your daily grind, and lead you to feel more positive and calm. Dr. Katie Curhan, Ed.D., a former postdoctoral scholar in the Stanford’s Department of Psychology, sat down with

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Living with uncertainty Stanford BeWell

Details: We spoke with Donnovan Somera Yisrael, senior health educator, Well-Being at Stanford (Vaden Health Center), on how to accept and live more comfortably with the uncertainty in our lives. We are motivated to pursue certainty. Our ancestors were motivated to find stable sources of food, water and shelter to survive and protect their families.

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Preventing burnout in the medical profession

Details: Professional health coaching is a proven strategy for improving work-life integration, self-care, and personal resilience. The new program has been designed specifically for health care providers with respect to both content as well as flexibility in the time and location where the meetings occur.

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Middle age and weight challenges Stanford BeWell

Details: The much larger Women’s Health Initiative cohort of women already past menopause showed that most women aged 50-59 gained total and fat weight and lost lean mass. However, those women who did moderate-intensity physical activity (mostly walking) gained less total and fat weight, but they still lost lean mass — possibly because walking is

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New blood pressure guidelines: Why they matter Stanford

Details: High blood pressure, also called hypertension, can lead to significant health problems — including heart attack, stroke, heart failure and kidney failure. Serious complications secondary to uncontrolled high blood pressure leading to a stroke generally include permanent and significant disability.

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Social ties are good for your health

Details: Some studies focus on short-term health benefits such as reduced incidence of colds and flu. Other research looks at longevity, alleging that the number of friends correlates with longer life. Still other studies have found that people have better survival rates for diseases when they have social support.

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Precision Mental Health & Wellness Anniversary Symposium

Details: The Promise of Precision Health for Prevention, Early Detection, and Treatment in Mental Health About this event The Stanford Center for Precision Mental Health & Wellness (PMHW) invites you to join us for the Precision Mental Health & Wellness Anniversary Symposium We are truly delighted to have Dean Lloyd Minor, M.D., present opening remarks, highlighting

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Are you compassionate

Details: Why is he interested in health and compassion? The life of the Dalai Lama is dedicated to the cultivation of wisdom and compassion for the benefit of all beings. The Tibetan diaspora, created by the Chinese occupation of Tibet, has led to the Dalai Lama’s greater interaction with the Western world. As both the highest priest of the dominant

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Boosting brain health Stanford BeWell

Details: Boosting brain health. Most of us experience temporary lapses of memory, like misplacing our keys or forgetting where we parked. While such absentmindedness is a widely experienced phenomenon and is considered a normal part of aging, in some cases memory loss and other cognitive deficits can be early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. This

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Don't believe the hype

Details: The Stanford Health Library can help people find obscure information, including things you can’t easily find online. Dickenson notes that there’s a skill to searching, and librarians can help with the search process. Librarians at the Stanford Health Library regularly conduct classes to help others sharpen their online search skills.

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Tuning in to your sexual health

Details: Yisrael: A very basic definition of sexual health is being free of medical issues/problems. However, I agree with the first line of the Constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO), which says: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of …

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Psychological safety

Details: To learn more, we spoke with Patty Purpur DeVries, MS, Associate Director of Faculty and Staff Wellness (Stanford Health Improvement Program). What is psychological safety and why is it important? DeVries notes that Edgar Schein , Professor Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management, first identified the concept of psychological safety in 1965.

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Lifelong learning, career development

Details: Lifelong learning is a health club for our minds, bodies and spirits. Using this health club every day helps ensure that life will be richer, more stimulating and more fulfilling. How does professional development play a role in lifelong learning?

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Cancer genetics and women’s health

Details: Cancer genetics and women’s health. Kerry Kingham, MS, CGC, is a senior genetic counselor and clinical assistant professor (affiliated) of pediatrics working in the Cancer Genetics Clinic at Stanford Health Care. BeWell spoke with Kingham to gain a better understanding of genetic testing and its role in women’s health and cancer screening.

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Seven time management tips for happier days

Details: For many of us, our to-do lists feel as long as the novel War and Peace and more like a war than peace. To help with time battles, BeWell spoke with Health Improvement Program (HIP) instructor Laura Becker-Lewke, who teaches a class on time management. “You can’t create more time,” Laura says, “but we can help you look at your time through a new lens to see where you can find time to

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Palliative care 101

Details: Palliative care 101. Palliative care is often misunderstood. Simply defined, it is an interdisciplinary branch of health care that helps patients manage serious illnesses. To shed light on what palliative care is and the patients it serves, BeWell spoke with Stephanie Harman, MD, clinical section chief of …

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Support for returning to campus

Details: Support for returning to campus. Employees returning to campus likely have questions on how to figure out their new normal and what that new normal will look like. For employees and managers who are navigating each unique situation, Brenda Berlin, the Stanford University Ombuds, is an important, confidential resource.

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