Who We Are

The Health Improvement Program (HIP), The Health Improvement Program (HIP), housed within the Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC) 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.

HIP aims to create a culture of wellness and increase employee productivity by empowering individuals to be self-managers of their health while also encouraging them to support the wellness efforts of others. HIP provides health education classes and group fitness classes, and advocates policies that support environments conducive to healthy lifestyle behaviors.

The Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC), a division of the Stanford University School of Medicine, is a consortium of renowned experts who are world leaders in investigating ways to prevent disease and promote health. Their work is focused on identifying the most practical, science-based solutions for addressing some of society’s most pervasive—and preventable—health issues, such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic conditions and to raise the standards of scientific investigation that matters for health. SPRC investigators are collaborating on numerous, long-term projects designed to translate research into effective ways to promote well-being at every stage of life.

The YMCA, builds strong kids, strong families and strong communities — together, the nation's more than 2700 YMCAs are the largest not-for-profit community service organizations in America, working to meet the health and social service needs of 20.6 million men, women and children in 10,000 communities in the United States. YMCAs stretch beyond the United States. They are at work in more than 120 countries around the world, serving more than 45 million people. Y's are for people of all faiths, races, abilities, ages and incomes. No one is turned away for inability to pay. The strength of the YMCA lies in the people it brings together. The YMCA is dedicated to improving the quality of human life and to helping all people realize their fullest potential through development of the spirit, mind and body.

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center (OFJCC) in Palo Alto creates meaningful, inclusive and joyful experiences for everyone and explores innovative ways to integrate Jewish traditions and values into contemporary life. The OFJCC Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life is home to the Goldman Sports & Wellness Complex and Fitness Center, Leslie Family Preschool, day camps, afterschool programs, a center for the arts and serves as a central connection for the local Israeli and Russian communities. The OFJCC provides a common ground for individuals, Jewish institutions, and other local groups and organizations and individuals to work, learn, play and celebrate together for the betterment of the whole community. Join us, and see how you can Live Fully®.

  • Joyce Hanna

    Joyce Hanna, MA, MS


    Joyce is the founder and Director of Living Strong Living Well. She is a health educator, exercise physiologist, and nutritionist. Her community leadership is valued as member of the Breast Cancer Connection Board, consultant to the former Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, the Stanford Health Library Advisory Board, and past President of Fifty-Plus Fitness Association. Joyce has graduate degrees from Stanford in Education, and from Cal State Hayward in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition.

    Joyce has worked extensively as a behavioral health consultant, helping people make positive lifestyle changes. She has designed and conducted health education seminars with a focus on healthy aging, exercise and cancer, women's health, nutrition, fitness, and behavior change.

    She enjoys spending time with her husband, six grandchildren, and friends. She also enjoys mountain hiking, running, biking, golfing, reading good books and seeing good movies.

  • Julie Anderson

    Julie Anderson, MPH

    Associate Director

    Julie is the Associate Director of the Living Strong Living Well program and has been involved since it started in 2002. She has been with HIP since 1991 and is the Manager of Health Promotion. Julie has a graduate degree in Public Health with an emphasis in community health education. She is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. Her health promotion work involves facilitating behavior change groups, conducting health and fitness assessments, wellness coaching, and various other projects.

    Originally from Chicago, she received her undergraduate degree in Health Fitness from Springfield College in Massachusetts. She does not miss the cold winters in Chicago and New England. Julie enjoys travelling, hiking, running, yoga, reading and spending time with her husband and young daughter.

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