San Jose State University

University Personnel presents health and
well-being tips for the campus community.
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Kaiser's Slow Down Challenge
The challenge invites you to put your fork (or spoon) down between bites whenever you dine for the next 30 days. If you’re eating something you hold in your hands, like pizza, set it down on your plate between bites. Chew thoroughly, enjoying the texture and flavors as you eat.

The goal is to help you learn to eat more slowly. When we eat quickly, we have a tendency to overeat because it takes a while for our brains to register we are full. Savoring every bite will actually help you feel satisfied more quickly and enjoy your meal more! Bon Appetite!
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Back Health Tips
Photo and Article by United Healthcare 

According to the American Chiropractic Association, experts estimate that as much as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives. Many back injuries are a result of strain and damage over time, but there are also certain motions and risk factors to be aware of when it comes to taking care of your back such as: 
  • A job that requires a lot of lifting, carrying or pulling
  • Twisting at the waist while lifting or holding a heavy load
  • Working in awkward positions
  • Weak back and abdominal muscles
To help avoid back pain, consider the following practices:
  • Stay active
  • Maintain proper posture
  • Sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curve in your spine
  • Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes
  • Lift with your knees, keep the object close to your body, and do not twist when lifting
Here are some tips to help you maintain good posture:
  • Sit properly
  • Keep your feet on the floor and do not cross your legs
  • Stand properly, straight with your shoulders back and bear your weight primarily on the balls of your feet
  • When laying down, lay on your side or back
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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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Ryan Skinnell has been named the Young Rhetorician Conference's "2021 Rhetorician of the Year."

Dr. Skinnell is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition and Assistant Writing Program Administrator in the Department of English & Comparative Literature. He has taught rhetoric and writing classes at five universities to all levels of students, including a summer seminar for faculty at the National University of Modern Languages in Islamabad, Pakistan. He is also an SJSU faculty media expert in political speech, politics, and rhetoric as well as an OpEd Project Public Voices Fellow.

Congratulations, Ryan!

Ryan Skinnell 
English & Comparative Literature
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Virtual Benefits and Employee Services Fairs Coming Soon!

University Personnel is offering two unique virtual fairs for our faculty and staff employees this fall. Please save the dates and join us for these two important events.

Health Benefits Fair - Tuesday, September 28 (10:00am - 1:00pm)
This virtual event, hosted by the CSU Chancellor's Office, will showcase CSU Health Benefits Vendors. UP Benefits Services Representatives will also be available for consultation and to answer questions.

Employee Services Fair - Wednesday & Thursday, October 20-21 (10:00am - 1:00pm)
This virtual event is hosted by University Personnel and will showcase non-health vendors such as credit unions, gyms, dental offices, and more. In addition, SJSU departments and organizations have been invited to participate. If your department is interested in participating, please contact Tamela Sullivan at

More information on how to attend these two fairs coming soon.

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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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LifeMatters by
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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Informational Sessions
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
  • Empathia: Building Confidence: COVID-19 Vaccinations: Get questions and concerns answered about the coronavirus vaccine Tuesday, July 20, 2021 from 2:00PM - 3:00PM  PST watch live broadcast

  • Empathia: Success or Stress: Thriving in a Chaotic World: Learn the causes of stress, mindset and attitudes, habits and actions Tuesday, August 24, 2021 from 2:00PM - 3:00PM PST watch live broadcast

  • Kaiser Permanente: Coronavirus/COVID-19: Mental Health & Wellness Webinar Series: webinar recording
  • Kaiser Permanente: Coronavirus/COVID-19: Get the latest updates and response: webinar recording
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Last Updated Aug 31, 2022