San Jose State University

University Personnel presents health and
well-being tips for the campus community.
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March is Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month
Article by: My Myeloma Team

March marks the beginning of Spring, so start down a new path toward a healthier you and a healthier world with some of the facts about Multiple Myeloma. About 35,000 new cases of Multiple Myeloma will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year. It occurs when plasma cells which is an important component of the immune system grows out of control. 

In the general population, African Americans are twice as likely to develop Multiple Myeloma, and it increases with age.

So what can you do?
  • Support your immune system to prevent getting sick
  • Eat healthy, organic, non-GMO foods
  • Exercise, meditate and develop a relaxing routine
  • Spend time in nature
  • Avoid toxins and carcinogens   
Multiple Myeloma affects the immune system. Severe infection is a common early symptom, along with fatigue, nausea, and back and bone pain. Multiple Myeloma tends to be hereditary. If someone in your family has it, and/or you have the above symptoms, consult your doctor.
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    The Best St. Patrick's Day Activities for a Day Full of Fun
    Article and Photo by: Women's Day

    St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated in Ireland for more than a thousand years. Over time, Irish immigrants living in the U.S. transformed the day into the lively celebration of all things Irish that we've come to know and love.

    St. Patrick's Day traditions that originated in the United States include St. Patrick's Day parades, corned beef, and yes, probably green beer.
    Here are a few St. Patrick's Day activities:
    • Wear Green
    • Play a St. Patrick's Day-themed game
    • Attend a virtual St. Patrick's Day parade
    • Whip up a Shamrock Peppermint Shake
    • Give to a green cause
    • Search for four-leaf clovers outdoors
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    Healthy Habits for Eating Well
    Article by and photo: Kaiser

    Overwhelmed by conflicting nutrition and diet advice? The truth is, eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard and you don’t have to live on salad, buy expensive vitamins, or swear off snacking.

    Your own nutrition intuition can lead you in the right direction.
    • Eat in season: In-season fruits and veggies are at peak flavor, nutrition, and supply. 
    • DIY: Instead of ordering in, try cooking at home. 
    • Expand your horizons: Experiment with herbs and spices for high-impact, low-calorie flavor. 
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    March Challenge: “Deep Fried”
    Article by: Kaiser

    The Deep Fried challenge invites you to go without deep fried foods for the next 31 days.

    This includes anything cooked in hot oil like french fries, chips, chicken and donuts.

    Deep fried foods are tasty, but as you probably know they are not good for your health.

    This is your chance to see how your body feels without deep-fried foods.

    If you slip don’t give up….exercise an extra half hour to burn it off!
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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
    Submit your good news today!
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    Healthy Snack Ideas
    Article and photo by: Kaiser

    How do you handle cravings or slumps in your day? It can be easy to overindulge if we become overly hungry, restrict our calories with intense diets or extreme deprivation.

    Snacking can be a healthy and enjoyable part of a balanced eating plan. The key is to create a plan. It’s important to know the serving size and take into consideration how this snack fits into your daily calorie intake. Measure what fits into your overall eating plan.

    Plan for eating healthy snacks, here are a few tips: 
    • Snacks: Keep portable, in your desk, backpack or car.
    • Keep busy: Take a walk, work on a hobby or call a friend.
    • Cravings: When food cravings hit, drink a glass of water. Most time we are thirsty, not hungry, bored or lonely.
    • If you crave chocolate, enjoy it mindfully. Portion out a serving, enjoy the experience and put it away when you’re satisfied
    • Healthy snack chart
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    Food Security - Local Farm Delivery - Farm Fresh to You

    Farm Fresh to You has partnered with SJSU to bring a local, organic farm network to our employees.

    Being in the organic industry since 1976, Farm Fresh to You has built a sustainable network that will enable clean food delivery to the home of SJSU employees.

    Their online farmers market is fully customizable to each family’s dietary needs, and they offer full control over delivery schedule, no delivery fees, and satisfaction guaranteed.

    There is no commitment or contract. They pick and pack with gloves and bring it to your door (contactless delivery).

    In addition to organic produce, they also offer meat, dairy, eggs and much more (over 400 grocery items).

    SJSU employees get a 10% ongoing discount; Use code: SJSU
    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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    Last Updated Aug 31, 2022