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Earn money for wellness activities

Berries are health-related activities that put your wellness goals into action. All benefits-eligible university employees, regardless of where they receive their medical benefits, can earn a $100 (taxable) incentive for completing six Berries between January 3 and November 30, 2020. Two of the six Berries may be earned from activities completed away from Stanford.

Interested in doing all six Berries remotely?  It’s possible! For example, choose two away-from-Stanford Berries (such as an annual well-visit with your health care provider and a community gym class) and four of the remote Stanford Berries (such as two webinars and two video workshops).

You can look for Stanford Berry options when you log into your BeWell account, or you can check our Berry Calendar for a complete list of all one-time classes and workshops. Please note that we are unable to award Berry credit for volunteer work or required departmental training.

You must take the SHALA before participating in any Berry activities. You can begin your Berries before or while you are involved in other parts of the BeWell Program, such as the Wellness Profile and Engagement.

Berry opportunities offered by Stanford can be found by visiting our Berry Calendar and through your BeWell account. These Berries are offered by Stanford departments and programs, both on the main campus and satellite campuses worldwide.

Remote options:

On-campus options:

  • Fitness assessment – free, annual 30-minute assessment. Take it every year to monitor your progress.
  • Personal training – get two Berries for two free, annual 60-minute sessions with a Stanford certified personal trainer.
  • Fitness classes – earn Berries for any Stanford Recreation & Wellness (Rec) or Stanford Health Improvement Program (HIP) fitness class you take. BeWell participants can purchase 2 HIP fitness classes per quarter at a discounted rate and be awarded two Berries. Starting fall 2019, BeWell participants can also purchase a Rec Group Fitness Pass and be be awarded two Berries.
  • BeWell workshops – free, lunchtime workshops on nutrition, stress management, sleep and other wellness topics, or watch recordings of select workshops through your BeWell account. You can earn Berries for each workshop you attend or watch. New in 2019: Two new BeWell Workshops on mindfulness, one at Redwood City and the other at SLAC. Log into your account to register and get closer to the $100 Berry incentive.
  • Healthy Living classes – Stanford Health Improvement Program (HIP) offers fee-based, in-depth classes on nutrition, stress management, weight management, mindfulness and other wellness topics. Most of these classes qualify for STAP funding.
  • Workshops and classes offered by our campus partners – these workshops and classes may either be free or fee-based, and some may require a validation form. Topics include relationship-building, emotional intelligence, elder/child caregiving, workspace well-being and emergency preparedness. Eligible workshops and classes are offered by the Help Center, WorkLife, Environmental Health and Safety, Sustainable Stanford, and Continuing Studies — and STAP funding may be available.

Berry activities that you can complete away from Stanford are listed below, each linked to the matching validation form you need to fill out and upload in order to receive your Berry. You may use validation forms for up to two away-from-Stanford Berries.

Can spouses and domestic partners do Berries?

Spouses and registered domestic partners are not eligible for Berries.

What is the Berry incentive?

All university benefits-eligible employees who complete the SHALA and six Berries between January 2, 2020 and November 30, 2020 will receive a $100 (taxable) wellness incentive — regardless of their medical benefits elections.

Is the Berry incentive separate from other incentives in the Program?

Yes. Employees who complete six Berries before the November 30, 2020 deadline earn the $100 (taxable) incentive whether or not they participate in the Wellness Profile or Engagement. The SHALA must be completed prior to starting your Berries.

When do I receive payment for completing my Berries?

This incentive will be processed following the completion of your sixth Berry and will be included in a regular paycheck labeled “Berries” under earnings within two pay periods.

How can I track my Berries?

Track your Berries by signing into your BeWell account. “In progress” Berries are yellow and “complete” Berries are red. Berries that are red with a white checkmark are being applied to your $100 incentive. Please see the legend below:

 Not Started In Progress Complete Incentive

Is there a limit to the number of Berries I can do?


Will I receive an additional incentive if I complete more than six Berries?


How many validation forms can I use?

You may use one or a maximum of two validation forms to receive credit for Away-from-Stanford Berries. For Stanford Berries, you may use up to a maximum six validation forms.

What is the best way to find a Berry?

Berries have been divided into Stanford and Away-from-Stanford categories. Start by browsing the list of options, above, to review your options. Alternatively, you can check our Berry Calendar for a complete list of all one-time classes and workshops being offered by BeWell and our campus partners. Lastly, we encourage you to use validation forms for all away-from-Stanford activities you are engaging in to fulfill your Berry requirements.

Can I still participate in Berries for an incentive if I am not on a Stanford-sponsored medical plan?

Yes. Berries are available to all benefits-eligible Stanford employees, regardless of their benefits elections. Please visit our Incentive Calculator for further clarification.

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Calendar of Berry incentive activities
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