San Jose State University

University Personnel presents health and
well-being tips for the campus community.
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Coast to Coast Wellness Systemwide Challenge
Check out the GREAT RESULTS!!!

Thank you for participating in the Challenge. The CSU had 4,145 employees register to take part in the event with 53% of registrants choosing to participate on a team and the remaining 47% participating individually. The survey showed the challenge was well received, revealing that the activities and friendly competition was not only healthy but fun.

The statistics:
  • Sonoma had the highest average points scored per campus participant, with San José and Maritime in second and third respectively.
  • San Bernardino took top honors for having the highest scoring team, with Fullerton just .8334 point behind.
  • San José recorded the most steps taken by participants totaling 82,687,881 steps. Runner up was San Diego coming in at 81,210,426 steps.
  • Across all campuses, 166 participants achieved the maximum points possible (294 points).
Employee quotes from the post-challenge survey:
  • "After 9 months of COVID-induced inactivity, I found that Coast to Coast was exactly what I needed to get myself back on track. The attention to BALANCE, with sleep, meditation, activity, and community, has given me a boost and new habits for life."
  • “For the first time in 18 years I was able to make exercise a habit! This allowed me to stay accountable and push through the early give up days to make it something I look forward to instead of dread!”
  • “I made myself move more during this program than I had been. I appreciate the program and being able to interact with everyone throughout the whole CSU system and not just locally!"
COVID-19 Vaccine Information Webinar 

Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Time: 11:00 - 12:00pm PST
Audience: All faculty and staff 
Facilitator: Dr. John Rott, Regional Assistant Medical Director at Kaiser Permanente

There has never been a more important time for members of San José State University to learn about the vaccinations and receive answers to common questions and concerns. The California State University, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, is hosting an educational webinar to provide employees the tools to understand the current landscape of vaccines.

Employment Accommodations Resource Center

Did you know that San José State University has resources available for individuals needing employment accommodations due to a temporary or permanent disability?

The Employment Accommodations Resource Center (EARC)  determines and prescribes reasonable and appropriate employment accommodations.
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March Is Red Cross Month
Image and article by: American Red Cross

Throughout the month of March we honor people like you who make the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross possible. 

Individuals across the country turn compassion into action, helping others in times of crisis.

Join the Red Cross mission:
LifeMatters by Empathia Services

Did you know that Empathia offers more than just counseling sessions?
They offer other convenient services that are available 24/7/365 for our employees including:
  • Pet sitters, Veterinarians, Pet obedience training
  • Apartment locators, Home maintenance, Travel services
  • School searches, Child care, Tutoring
  • Senior health resources, Elder care
  • Diet and nutrition, Fitness centers and programs
Real-life examples of service requests include:
  • I need information on obtaining a passport.
  • I’m looking for a self-defense class, can you recommend one close to my home?
  • We’re moving. I’m looking for an apartment that fits our budget and information about schools.
  • My house was damaged in a storm. I need information on reliable, reasonably-priced repair services.
  • I want to eat healthier. Can you help me locate a nutritionist?
If you have questions, please contact Empathia at 1-800-367-7474.
Rebecca Ochoa
Counselor for Faculty and Staff 
Feeling anxious or overwhelmed? 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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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: Pixabay
I teach in the Dance Department at SJSU, but also teach Tap dance at Dance Connection Studios in Palo Alto.

Since the pandemic, we've been teaching outdoors (masked and 6 feet apart) in the parking lot. At first, this seemed problematic, but it has had so many benefits.

First of all, it's much cooler than indoors. Even now, with low temperatures, we just dance faster and get our heart rates up.

Secondly, I thought being so public would intimidate the students, but we just wave at people trying to park in our parking lot, and invite them to join our class.

Finally, now that it's dark at 7:00pm, we dance under the lights; its like having our own private spotlight! Since the kids spend so much time "at school" in front of a screen these days, they appreciate dancing now so much more than before, and their parents come up and thank me for getting their kids moving and smiling.

Joan Walton 
School of Music and Dance 
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Going Plant-Based?
Article by Maple Alps

Individuals go plant-based for different reasons. Some are told by a medical professional to do so, others do it because of the benefit. Whatever your decision, it’s important to note that going plant-based should not be seen as a diet. It is a lifestyle that will greatly improve your wellbeing and life!

When transitioning to a plant-based way of eating, think about the following: 
  • Motivation & Commitment: Remember your motivation for wanting to start a plant-based eating regimen.
  • Start One Meal at a Time: Ease into it by starting with just one meal a day being completely plant-based.
  • Get Educated and Get Resourceful: Watch documentaries, read books, talk with nutrition professionals.
  • Start Your Change Quietly: Instead of telling everyone about your decision, start quietly.
  • Be Kind to Yourself: Don’t beat yourself up if you slip up. You’re human. Just get back up, dust yourself off and try again! 
Easter Activities for the Family to Enjoy
Article by Pioneer Women

Looking for new Easter activities for your family? Discover some that you may not have thought about before!

Try these ideas: 
  • Plant flowers: Pick up some bulbs and gather the family for a day of planting and getting your hands dirty.
  • Get active: Grab a soccer ball, jump rope, or grab a Wiffle ball and bat and head outside to enjoy the fresh air.
  • Volunteer your time: Volunteer at a food pantry or participate in local efforts to plant trees and flowers.
  • Make birdhouses: Make a birdhouse to decorate your yard. It's perfect to celebrate the arrival of spring.
  • Dress your pet: Get your furry friends in on the fun.
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Informational Sessions

Upcoming Webinars
  • SJSU Spartan Parent Workshop: Building Resiliency During COVID-19, Thursday, March 25, 2021 3:00 - 4:00pm Register now

  • Patelco Credit Union: Estate Planning and Living Trust, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 12:00 - 1:30pm Register now
Online Training Opportunities
Additional Resources 
  • Check SJSU Health Advisories for the latest COVID-19 and SJSU Adapt information

  • Find more health and well-being resources in MyWell-being on the UP website

  • SJSU Staff Council encourages staff campus engagement, promotes a positive staff culture and actively participates in University affairs.

  • Check Empathia for your counseling and conveyance services needs
San Jose State University
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San Jose, CA 95192

Last Updated Aug 31, 2022