San Jose State University

University Personnel presents health and
well-being tips for the campus community.
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COVID-19 vaccinations are now available to everyone age 12 and older. We encourage all employees and campus community members to get the COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves and their loved ones, as well as the campus and greater community as a whole.

Contact your healthcare provider or visit the California Department of Health’s My Turn website to register for your vaccine appointment. Looking for more information about the vaccine?
COVID-19 Vaccine
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Memorial Day Family Activities: What the Holiday Is Really About
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Many of us look forward to Memorial Day weekend for the epic sales, backyard barbecues and summer drinks, but let's not forget what the holiday is about: honoring those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Make your day off an opportunity to teach kids facts about the significance of Memorial Day and how it differs from Veteran's Day. 

Here is a list of Memorial Day activities: 
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SJSU has partnered with Tickets at Work, a third-party vendor that provides employee discounts to theme parks, attractions, hotels, rental cars, gyms and more.

Sign up for free to get access to multiple discounts.
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One great discount you can find through Tickets at Work is Active & Fit Direct. Stay active at home, a gym, or anywhere else for just $25/month. You'll get access to:
  • 11,000+ fitness centers
  • 1,500+ digital workout videos
  • One-on-one lifestyle coaching
No long-term contract required.
National Bike Month
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National Bike Month encourages everyone to air up those tires, check your brakes and ride! Biking is one of the healthier exercises as it’s low impact cardiovascular. Biking also is an excellent way to run errands and get to and from work. 

Families who bike together get to know their neighborhoods, and bicycling is an affordable and alternative means of transportation.
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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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This is my third year volunteering with the IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. 

It's rewarding to help low income families get a tax return.

Helping our community get a refund also helps the local economy.

As of early April 2021 we have helped over 300 families and they have received over half a million dollars, collectively.

If you or your family's combined earnings are less than $57k, we can help you, free of charge! We're always looking for volunteers.

If your're interested in learning more about this national program: Email or find a location near you. 

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Kaiser Challenge: Be Positive

The Be Positive challenge invites you to not complain for the month of May. Tackle negative thoughts one at a time and you will eventually conquer the habit. When a complaint enters your mind, restate it as a positive thought and call it progress!

When we focus on positive thoughts instead of complaints we find the world around us becomes a more pleasant, enjoyable place to live.
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Linkedin Learning:
Creating an Amazing Life

Stuck in the day-to-day? It doesn't take a life-altering event to start leading an amazing life.

You'll learn how to define your path and create your own personal advisory board, while dealing with naysayers and negativity.

You'll also learn the importance of connecting and celebrating wins and how to shift and maintain your work/life balance.
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Practice Positive Thinking

Have trouble getting by when the going gets tough? Everyone wants to perform well when the pressure's on, but a lot of us withdraw in times of stress or adversity.

This course will cover how to bounce back from difficult situations by building your resiliency threshold and providing techniques on how to prepare for difficult situations.
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Empathia Services

Are you experiencing anxiety with everything that's happening across the country and around the world? 

Are you worried about returning to work and trying to figure out day care for your children?

You’re not alone. There are many employees feeling this way.

SJSU has partnered with LifeMatters by Empathia for your counseling and employee assistance needs. 

Contact Empathia for more information:
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Rebecca Ochoa
Counselor for Faculty and Staff

Employees are also welcome to contact Rebecca Ochoa, SJSU's dedicated counselor for faculty and staff.

Rebecca comes to us from Empathia, our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider. 

She is here to help and listen, so don’t hesitate to reach out!

Please note, these services are only available to faculty and staff on the state side, not those in auxiliary organizations.

Student employees may contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for assistance. 
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Additional Resources 
  • 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. 
Upcoming Webinars
  • Kaiser Permanente: Thriving Schools-Stories of the Next Normal from our Schools, Districts and Families webinar recording

Online Training Opportunities
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Last Updated Aug 31, 2022