Staying Fit

Staying Fit


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, 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

Dr. Denise Wilfley, 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

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 [email protected]. 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 [email protected]. 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.

Course Page
Online, edX
Stanford School of Medicine