San Jose State University

University Personnel presents health and
well-being tips for the campus community.
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Kaiser's Bucket List Challenge
The challenge invites you to complete one item on your bucket list. If you don’t have a bucket list (a list of things you want to do before it's too late), your first project is to make one. After that, choose one thing from your bucket list that you can feasibly accomplish by the end of this year and put a plan in place to do it.

We often think of bucket lists as lofty goals for someday down the road. We may even wonder if we will actually ever do them. When you actually fulfill a goal from your bucket list, you increase your confidence in yourself and your ability to accomplish a goal. Who knows what series of events you may set in motion by accomplishing one thing?

Go ahead, live out one of your dreams!
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Preventing Eye Injuries
Article by: The Staywell Company

Eye injuries affect nearly 2.5 million people every year. Household products cause more than 125,000 serious eye injuries. Hospital emergency rooms treat nearly 40,000 victims of eye injuries from sports. The tips below are intended to help you prevent injury to your eyes.

Follow these tips to keep your eyes safe at home: 
  • Wear chemical safety goggles when using hazardous solvents and detergents.
  • Don’t mix cleaning agents.
  • Turn nozzles away from your face before spraying.
  • Wash your hands after using household chemicals.
  • Use guards on all power equipment.
Follow these tips to help keep your eyes safe overall:
  • Wear sunglasses that protect your eyes from UVA and UVB rays when you are outside, even on cloudy days.
  • Never look directly at the sun, especially during an eclipse.
  • Wear a helmet with a polycarbonate face mask or wire shield during high-impact sports.
  • Wear safety goggles while using a device that shoots pellets, arrows, paint balls, or other projectiles.
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My oldest of three boys graduated from high school earlier this month and It's been a surreal moment for me. I can remember the day he was born like it was yesterday. He was cautious and shy about entering this world, and took his time when being born. To this day, he is cautious, observant, shy and enjoys taking his time.

The pandemic put a real downer on his high school senior year, which typically is filled with lots of fun activities and celebrations, but the only celebrating he did was not having to walk to and from school in the early mornings and afternoon heat. It has been a struggle for me working from home and having a full house.

I know how difficult it was for him trying to stay focused and motivated about finishing his last year. Following the shelter in place guidelines for over a year, no weekend fun, no in-person interactions with friends, no new experiences that you can see, touch, smell, hear, feel. At one point he told me it felt like he was the actor, Bill Murray, from the movie Groundhog Day. That couldn't be more true.

It was hard being sheltered in place at home and being away from work and school knowing that the people all over the world were dying and suffering. We couldn't be there for each other. No hugs, no help to friends, or extended family. We had several close calls, but were very fortunate; many were not. As an adult we take on a lot so our kids don't have to do, but this was something we all had to go through, work through and continue to do.
I am filled with so much joy and love to see the strength in him when faced with adversities and how he came out on top. I am excited for him as I now can watch from the back seat as he takes the wheel and drives his next chapters of life. I am thankful for the many memories we shared together making home made silly videos, watching him play sports, going to my classes at SJSU, constantly scaring me throughout the house, first interview, first day at work, first job promotion, and many more to come.

I look forward to seeing him enjoy life and be happy with whatever calls to him. I will forever remember this great moment as my son who lived through this pandemic all while going to school, graduating and working as an essential worker.

Daniela Muñoz-Martinez
Case Management
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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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Healthy Eyes On The Computer
This presentation we will define the 20/20/20 rule and ways to keep your eyes healthy. Login required.
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Computer Vision Syndrome
This presentation will define Computer Vision Syndrome and discuss possible causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention.  
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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. 
Homebuying  Information
  • Landed: Home buying assistance through shared equity down payment program
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 (all times PST)
  • Empathia: Building Confidence: COVID-19 Vaccinations: Get questions and concerns answered about the coronavirus vaccine Tuesday, July 20, 2021 from 2:00PM - 3:00PM 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 Watch live broadcast

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Last Updated Aug 31, 2022