San Jose State University

University Personnel presents health and
well-being tips for the campus community.
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Heart Healthy Living

Per United Healthcare, heart and blood vessel diseases make up cardiovascular disease, also known as heart disease, which includes conditions that damage the heart such as:
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attack
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Stroke
Additional resources:
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DASH Eating Plan

DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.

A study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University Medical School of more than 400 adults with prehypertension, or stage 1 high blood pressure, found that combining a low-salt diet with the heart-healthy DASH diet substantially lowers systolic blood pressure.

The DASH eating plan provided by United Healthcare is in line with dietary recommendations to help prevent osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. DASH is a flexible and balanced eating plan that helps create a heart-healthy eating style for life.

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Valentine’s Day: Say I Love You Without the Junk
Article by: From First 5 La

February is a month where our thoughts turn to love and hearts. First, there’s Valentine’s Day – a special day dedicated to honoring the patron saint of romantic causes, St. Valentine (or, as we like to think of it, a fun day filled with candy and flowers). Also, appropriately, the American Heart Association designated February as American Heart Month, and reminds us that heart disease is the number one killer of American women.

As staggering as that information is, it is a good reminder that there are many ways we can keep ourselves and our families healthy. Believe it or not, there are many ways to say ‘I love you’ on Valentine’s Day without associating the day with sweets.
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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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    Here's my good news: In order to cope with depression and anxiety during the pandemic, I recently started an Instagram blog about finding joy in the little things.

    It's inspirational, honest, and hopefully brings joy and support to others in this trying time.         


    Melanie Kim,
    Student Transition and
    Retention Services

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    There's 3 weeks left to join the Spartan Recreation 200 Challenge!

    This challenge began Monday, February 1 and runs through 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.
    Join Spartan Rec on Instagram 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.
    Did you know that Empathia offers more than just counseling sessions? They offer other resources for our employees including: 
    • Child care
    • Tutoring
    • Elder care
    Learn more

    If you have questions, please contact Empathia at 1-800-367-7474
    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

    • Housing Trust Silicon Valley Home Buyers Webinar: February 16, 2021 from 1:00 - 2:30pm. Register here
    • Landed Information Sessions: Home buying assistance through shared equity down payment program
    • Landed Home buying and Education support webinar: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 4:00 -5:00pm. Register here
    Online Training Opportunities
    Additional Resources

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    San Jose, CA 95192

    Last Updated Aug 31, 2022