San Jose State University

University Personnel presents health and
well-being tips for the campus community.
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SJSU Spartan Recreation 200 Challenge!

This challenge runs from Monday, February 1 to Sunday, February 28. Your goal is to have 200 minutes of activity per week. If you want to form a team contact Kelsey Snook at and provide the team participants and team name.

The activity can be whatever you choose as long as you’re moving. Walking, swimming, hiking, house cleaning, lifting weights, kayaking, biking - it can all count towards your goal and will do wonders for your stress, productivity, physical and mental wellbeing.

Record your minutes on this spreadsheet.
  • Check the boxes for each 20-minute increments of movement per day.
  • Record extra minutes you’ve completed in the space provided.
Have Instagram? Join us at @sjsu_fitness for mini/bonus challenges throughout February for possible giveaways.

If you would like to participate in fitness classes as part of your activity, we’re offering free virtual fitness classes through the Spartan Recreation  MindBody 

Once registered, check your email for weekly updates about this challenge.
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Landed Home Buyer Seminars
San José State University continues to partner with Landed, which provides home buying assistance in local communities for employees in education in the Bay Area. Landed assists with:
  • All stages of homebuying including preparation.
  • Free homebuying support and education to help you navigate your options and prepare for homeownership.
  • Educational resources and guidance to help you make homeownership a reality.
Landed will host virtual information sessions for those interested in homebuying education and financial support:
  • Wednesday, February 3rd from 12:00 -1:00 pm PST Register now 
  • Wednesday, February 3rd from 4:30 - 5:30 pm PST Register now 
  • Wednesday, February 17th from 4:00 -5:00 pm PST Register now 
    Kaiser February Wellness Challenge

    The Move It challenge invites you to take 5,000 steps a day 3 times per week for 4 weeks! That is only 12 times during the next 28 days!

    It is not hard to walk 5,000 steps in a day. It is only 2.5 miles. The trick is doing it! That’s the habit this challenge is trying to build…a minimum amount of activity during the month.

    Moving will help you:

    • Feel better
    • Look better
    • Be happier!
    You can make this challenge a lot easier if you have a step track that you can download on your phone. You can also use a simple pedometer. Hope to see you out and about!
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    Show your heart some love

    To avoid future problems, make healthy changes. The same habits that help keep your heart strong also reduce your risk for other conditions. 

    Health heart tips:
    • Know your numbers: Get regular screenings with your doctor to keep tabs on your blood pressure.
    • Stand up for your health: The more you sit, the higher your risk for heart problems.
    • Get the facts on fats: Some fats are healthier than others. Unsaturated fats like olive oil and avocado are considered superfoods.
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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
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    Photo by: Abby Perez
    My husband and I welcomed our baby boy Elijah Alex Perez on August 27th, 2020. He is our first baby and has been such a blessing to our family.

    His favorite activities are eating, sleeping, playing, exploring, and smiling :)

    Elijah has definitely made working from home a much more exciting experience, one I will never forget.

    He is a future spartan in the making!

    Abby Perez,
    Jack Holland Student Success Center
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     Kaiser Survival Kit for Defeating Sleepless Nights

    Having trouble sleeping? Has your sleeping pattern changed during the pandemic?

    If you answered yes to either question, watch Defeating Sleepless Nights
    • Understand: Negative sleep cycle
    • Assess: Sleeping habits
    • Mindset: Think of sleep differently
    • Techniques: Incorporate daily
    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

    San Jose State University
    One Washington Square
    San Jose, CA 95192

    Last Updated Aug 31, 2022