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In photos: Stanford community celebrates health and wellness

Members of the Stanford Medicine community came together to celebrate and learn about health and wellness through discussions and activities.

Dog-petters, popsicle eaters, nutrition enthusiasts, yogis and other health-oriented members of the Stanford Medicine community gathered on the lawn outside of Stanford University School of Medicine's Li Ka Shing building for the annual Health Matters event, which occurred in person for the first time since before the pandemic began.

Health talks were held throughout the event, attracting crowds hoping to learn more about how they can take control of their own healthy living:

  • Christopher Gardner, PhD, a professor of medicine, and other nutrition experts dove into all things diet, discussing the and pros and cons of popular fad diets, as well as how to think about eating for a sustainable future.
  • Ron Levy, MD, a oncologist and cancer researcher, spoke about how researchers and doctors can harness the immune system to fight cancer. And
  • Anna Lembke, MD, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, broke down the biology of addiction and why and how people can become addicted to certain substances and behaviors.

Outside the talks, more than 800 participants wandered from cooking demos to yoga classes, popsicle stands to health food trucks, and fluffy canine friends to blood-glucose monitoring stations.

Below in photos, we captured highlights from the day.

Alice Woo and granddaughter Charlie paint a flower petal for the Stanford COVID-19 Remembrance Project art installation on campus. Steve Fisch image
Flower petals for the Stanford COVID-19 Remembrance Project art installation, themed Apart-Together, on campus. Steve Fisch image
Arsheya Patro, 7, finds a new friend, golden retriever Haven, from the Pet Assisted Wellness at Stanford (PAWS) program. Hanae Armitage image
Black Labrador, Teaser, enjoys getting attention from Wei Bai, a local medical oncologist. Hanae Armitage image
Stanford Yogax program manager Heather Freeman teaches a yoga class. Steve Fisch image
Sumit Bhansali, left, a Stanford alum, and Whitney Parkinson, a local dietician, relax into a stretch Freeman was leading. Steve Fisch image
A poster in the Health Pavilion stands as a reminder to attendees: Self-care is crucial. Hanae Armitage image
Stanford Hospital Chef Isaac Karachepone and dietician intern Elise Freche showcase their culinary skills in a cooking demonstration. Steve Fisch image
Community member Lan Vu has her blood glucose level tested. Hanae Armitage image
Christopher Gardner, PhD, speaks to attendees about nutrition and diet. Steve Fisch image

Top image by Steve Fisch

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