SEARCH &/or REGISTER for Winter 2018 classes

Remember to take your SHALA first through the BeWell program to qualify for $30 fitness classes (limit of 2 per quarter.)

Winter 2018 Schedules:

Download the Winter Schedule of Classes for Fitness (pdf) and Healthy Living (pdf) .

Fitness At-A-Glance Class Schedule

Healthy Living At-A-Glance Class Schedule.

NOTE: For the Winter Catalog downloads, please "Clear your cache and refresh your browser" to download the current Winter catalog. Or try downloading the catalogs with a different browser.

Winter Quarter Dates:

January 2- SHALA opens
January 10- Registration opens (Wednesday) at 9am
January 16- Classes start
March 16-  Classes end  



The Health Improvement Program, more popularly referred to as HIP, has been a part of the Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC), in the School of Medicine since 1983. HIP is a unique health promotion program that serves Stanford University and Hospitals’ faculty, staff, retirees, family members, as well as the greater community. It is unique because we not only offer a broad spectrum of educational and wellness programs, but also because of our strong commitment to science-based information and educational processes that reflect the best practices of behavioral science.

In the early 1980s, research was beginning to show that wellness programs offered at worksites could effectively impact the health of its employees. John W. Farquhar, MD, a cardiologist and professor of Medicine, Health Research and Policy, determined that many of the practices used by health promotion departments were based on principles developed at Stanford, and in particular, the Stanford Prevention Research Center. Dr. Farquhar then established HIP within SPRC as a cutting edge health promotion program dedicated to improve the health and well-being of the Stanford community through science and education

2018 marks our 35th anniversary, and from the conception, we were determined to become an important part of the fabric of Stanford’s Medical Center and the university. We continue to take advantage of the intellectual property of SPRC and model the science of healthy living by using translational research to promote wellness.


Given the heart's never-ending workload, it's a wonder it performs so well, for so long, for so many people. But it can also fail.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. It is also a major cause of disability. The risk of heart disease increases as you age.

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HIP past Webinars: (not for berry credit)

Wellness on Wheels

Let HIP bring classes to you.

The Health Improvement Program (HIP) brings Fitness and/or Healthy Living classes to your University or SHC/LPCH department via Wellness on Wheels (WoW). Many of the classes that are offered each quarter by HIP can be brought to your worksite.

Find out about WoW.

To request a Healthy Living WoW class for your department, please complete the complete the Form.

To request a Fitness WoW class for your department, please complete the complete the Form.

Email us for more info.

Register for WoW classes.


This delicate poached salmon with a bright yogurt-dill sauce makes for an easy, light dinner that can be served chilled, room temperature, or warm. The secret to the tenderest and juiciest fish is to use a cold-start poaching method, in which the fish is added to cold poaching water and then gently heated until cooked.

Juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons; 30ml)

  • 1 medium leek or onion (about 6 ounces; 170g), halved
  • 1 large stalk celery (about 2 ounces; 55g), cut into large pieces
  • 1/2 fennel bulb, sliced (about 4 ounces; 115g) (optional)
  • A few fresh sprigs thyme and/or dill
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 (8-ounce; 225g) pieces center-cut boneless, skinless salmon fillet
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Mission Statement

The Health Improvement Program (HIP) aims to create a culture of wellness and increase employee productivity by empowering individuals to be self-managers of their health. It models the science of healthy living by using translational research to promote wellness. Our primary work involves Stanford University faculty and staff, but our programs are shared and utilized around the world.

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HIP partners with Stanford Health Care & Stanford Children's Health.
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NEW: 5-minutes dynamic streching video from BeWell!

BeWell Coaches Amanda Miller and Natalie Lavorato and BeWell Screener John Acena lead a five minute dynamic stretching routine that is great for warming up for a more intense workout or taking an energizing mid-day break. Six exercises are performed for 45 seconds each: shoulder rolls, trunk rotations, butt kickers, windmills, side lunges and front lunges.

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Phone: (650) 723-9649 E-mail: Fax: (650) 723-6450