San Jose State University

University Personnel presents health and
well-being tips for the campus community.
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Martin Luther King National Day of Service!

You are invited to join staff members and volunteers from the Hammer Theatre Center in this virtual gathering to create encouraging cards and letters to share with healthcare workers, patients and others affected by COVID-19.

Drop into this virtual event anytime on Monday the 18 from 1-5pm to create a letter or card for the recipient of your choice. We are sending letters in the hope that this will help in the fight against isolation and the struggle to recover from this awful disease.

You provide the "PPE" (Paper, Pen, and Envelopes!) and we will give you creative inspiration and detailed information about how and where to send your personalized card or letter.

NO MASKS REQUIRED for this virtual event! Snacks may or may not be available, see your kitchen for details. ;-)

Email Katie Santos if you have questions at
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What to expect when you get vaccinated for COVID-19
COVID-19 is a new disease with new vaccines and you may have questions about what happens before, during, and after you get vaccinated. These tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will help you know what to expect when you get vaccinated, what information your provider will give you, and resources you can use to monitor your health after you are vaccinated.
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How to Read the Food Label

Kaiser provides tips, along with a helpful video, so you can make healthier food choices by reading the “Nutrition Facts” label.

  • Serving size: Look here first! Is your serving the same as the one on the label?
  • Calories: Number of calories you’ll eat in one serving.
  • Percent Daily Value (DV): This is a percentage of the recommended daily amount in one serving. DV is based on 2,000 calories per day.
  • Total fat: This tells you how much fat is in one serving. A low-fat food has 3 grams (g) or less of total fat per serving.
  • Cholesterol: Foods from animal sources, such as meats, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy.
  • Sodium: Too much sodium (salt) may raise your blood pressure.
  • Total carbohydrate: Carbohydrates are in bread, pasta, rice, cereal, fruit, potatoes, starchy vegetables, and sweets.
  • Protein: Protein is in plant and animal foods, such as beans, nuts, fish, poultry, meat, eggs, and dairy products.
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10 Great Tips for Keeping Your Resolutions This Year

Per VeryWellMind, "The start of a new year is the perfect time to turn a new page, which is probably why so many people make New Year's resolutions."

"The new year often feels like a fresh start. It's a great opportunity to change bad habits and establish new routines that will help you grow psychologically, emotionally, socially, physically, or intellectually."

"Of course, resolutions are much easier to make than to keep."

Here are a few tips:

  • Choose a specific goal
  • Limit your resolutions
  • Start with small steps
  • Avoid repeating past failures
  • Get support
  • Renew your motivation
  • Keep working on your goals
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Ergonomics Well-being
Ergonomics is used to prevent discomfort and injury associated with repetitive motions, unchanging and/or poor postures, and forceful motions or grips on objects. To help prevent these injuries, University Personnel offers the following resources:
  • Stretch Break Software: Stretch Break is an ergonomic software program that helps prevent computer related injuries by gently reminding you to take periodic breaks while using your computer.
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We want to hear your good news!

University Personnel would like to highlight employee good news in our Well-being Wednesday newsletters. Please share your stories with us, send us photos of an activity you participated in, share "words of wisdom" from your kids, tell us what's been helping you cope through the shelter-in-place. During these trying times, it's important to find the good in things. Your stories can help us all do that.

Not sure what to share? Here are a few ideas to get you started: How are you balancing your time between work and home life?
  • How have you been staying active?
  • A big project that you procrastinated doing for months & finally finished.
  • Something your kids have been involved in.
  • A new volunteer opportunity; a new hobby.
  • You welcomed a new baby, got engaged, got married, or other life events.
  • An act of kindness that someone did for you or you did for someone else
Photo by: Michael Hastings
My family has been fortunate enough to move to Hollister to buy a few acres to homestead. Timing could not have been better with the shut down.

One of the first things we wanted to do was raise heritage animals. We decided on Kunekune pigs, a breed from New Zealand.

We are very excited to welcome 9 piglets into the world, and share our excitement with our SJSU community!

Michael Hastings,
IT Information Security Office
Kaiser Wellness Challenge

The January challenge is “Classy Gym”. The Classy Gym challenges invites you to attend 10 classes at the gym (virtually of course) over the next 30 days. You choose which classes you would like to attend…maybe it’s Pilates, Zumba, CrossFit. Be sure to pick something at your current fitness level.

The goal is to see if the gym classes work for you! Fitness classes are a great way to jumpstart your fitness program. The instructor will make sure you do a proper warm up, cool down and everything in between. Classes also make you more accountable. Best of all, classes are fun!! If you are a Kaiser member you can find free on-line classes at through our Class Pass app.
Rebecca Ochoa
Counselor for Faculty and Staff 
Feeling anxious about the election results? Worried this pandemic may never end? Contact Rebecca Ochoa, SJSU's dedicated counselor for faculty and staff. Rebecca comes to us from Empathia, our EAP (Employee Assistance Program) provider.
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Informational Sessions

  • Landed Information Sessions: Home buying assistance through shared equity down payment program
  • Housing Trust Silicon Valley Home Buyers Webinar: February 16, 2021 from 1:00 - 2:30pm. Register here
Online Training Opportunities
Additional Resources

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Last Updated Aug 31, 2022