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About This Course

This course is designed for anyone over the age of 18 who is interested in learning, developing and maintaining healthy eating, exercise, and sleep habits. The primary objective of this program is to educate students on healthy eating, fitness, and body image and encourage them to apply the information learned to their own lives. Our aim is to provide students with evidence-based, accessible and affordable tools that can guide them on how to maintain a healthy, happy and mindful life in the long-term. Each module contains weekly goal check-ins, self-monitoring logs that track the user’s eating, exercise and sleep habits, psycho-educational reading material about a particular topic (e.g., exercise, nutritional foods, the relationship between the media and food, etc), relevant video(s) and pictures, and goal-setting exercises in which users are asked to design their exercise and fitness goals around the framework of the given module. This course is designed to be fully online and accessible from any location. Finally, this course is intended to be self-directed and to be utilized at the user’s own pace, however we suggest completing 1 session per week. Please note that this program is not considered to be a weight loss program. Rather, it has been designed with the intention of being offered as a weight maintenance program aimed at teaching students how to develop healthy, long-term lifestyle changes.


No prerequisites are necessary for this course. All individuals who are over the age of 18 are welcome to join this program.

Course Staff

Dr. Craig Barr Taylor

Dr. Craig Barr Taylor, Stanford University

Dr. Barr Taylor is a Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus, through the Stanford School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the Director of the Laboratory for the Study of Behavioral Medicine and was formerly the Director of the Stanford Psychiatry Residency Training Program for 15 years. Dr. Taylor has a secondary appointment at Palo Alto University as a research faculty member and is the Creator and Co-Director of the Center for m2Health. Throughout the span of his extensive career, Dr. Taylor has been awarded a countless number of grants from the National Institue of Health (NIH), has collaborated with the top researchers in the clinical field across the globe, has become an expert on the etiology, maintenance and treatment of anxiety disorders, PTSD, eating disorders, major depressive disorder, cardiovascular disease, smoking cessation, and more, and has authored over hundreds of articles relating to these disorders. In the last two decades, Dr. Taylor has become well regarded as a pioneer in the field of mobile mental health technology for his work on developing and implementing technologically-enhanced interventions. He is committed to providing affordable, accessible, tailored and evidence-based treatment to individuals in need, especially those who are particularly vulnerable to the aforementioned disorders, such as college students. In recognition of his work, Dr. Taylor was elected to The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters in 2002 and was recently awarded the Lori Irving Award of Excellence in Prevention by the National Eating Disorders Association for his groundbreaking research on identifying and treating risk factors for women suffering from eating disorders. Given their combined expertise on eating disorder and obesity prevention, Dr. Taylor co-developed the StayingFit program with Dr. Denise Wilfley at Washington University in St. Louis with the hope that students worldwide could benefit from the health and fitness tips that are offered in the program. 

Dr. Denise Wilfley

Dr. Denise Wilfley, Washington University in St. Louis

Dr. Wilfley is the Scott Rudolph University Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, Pediatrics, and Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Director of the Weight Management and Eating Disorders Program at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Over the past two decades, she has been awarded more than $25 million from the NIH in a programmatic line of research examining the causes, characterization, prevention, and treatment of obesity and eating disorders. She has extensive experience in developing efficacious interventions to treat and prevent obesity and excess weight gain among children and adults. She also has extensive experience as the lead investigator on numerous clinical trials, and much of this work has focused on identifying and intervening with groups at high risk for obesity and eating disorders. This has allowed for the honing of resources to most effectively prevent progression of negative health outcomes such as Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and metabolic syndromes. In addition to her research, Dr. Wilfley has an illustrious history of serving in leadership roles in advocacy and research societies for obesity and eating disorders. She has long been an external advisor for obesity programs and centers across the country, such as Wellspring Healthy Living Academy, Minnesota Obesity Center, and University of Alabama-Birmingham’s Nutrition Obesity Research Center. She has also been a long-standing member of the Eating Disorders Research Society (EDRS), is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders and a member of the National Eating Disorders Association Research Advisory Council.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this course meant to provide medical advice?

No, this course is meant to be educational and is not meant to serve in place of treatment. Should you have any further questions or concerns about receiving treatment, please refer to our resources page for referral information. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this course.

Is a textbook required for this course?

No, you will not need a textbook for this course. All necessary materials are included in the weekly sessions or attached as a PDF.

Are any of the assignments graded for this course?

No, none of the assignments will be graded. This was purposeful as we really wanted users to be able to learn the material without feeling any addded pressure! Please note that this means that you cannot earn a Statement of Accomplishment at the end of this course.

Is there a discussion board in this course?

No, there is no discussion board. If you have any questions concerning the content of the program, please contact our course team members by emailing us at Thanks!

Who should I contact if I have any questions about the course?

All questions concerning the content of the StayingFit program can be directed to the course team at For all other technical questions about the course, please feel free to send the Stanford Online course support team a message by clicking on the Help tab that displays on all pages.

Is there a Statement of Accomplishment for this course?

At this time, there is no Statement of Accomplishment for this course.

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  1. Course Number

    StayingFit - SELF PACED
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  3. Estimated Effort

    30-45 min/week
  4. Price