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. As announced by President Papazian on July 27, students, faculty and staff must be vaccinated by September 30 against COVID-19 if they are accessing campus facilities at any university location across the 23 campuses, regardless of FDA approval of the available vaccines approved for emergency use.

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?
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COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics on Campus

SJSU has partnered with Santa Clara County to host pop-up vaccination clinics on campus  TODAY August 25, 2021. The clinic will be located in the Student Health Center and are open to all faculty, staff and students from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The Pfizer-BioNTech (2-dose) and Johnson & Johnson (1-dose) vaccines will be available at these clinics.

Registration is encouraged but walk-ins are also welcome. 

To safeguard the health and safety of all, SJSU has implemented mandatory testing for SJSU employees, auxiliary employees, volunteers and other unpaid appointments who access campus and other university facilities. Please note, at this time only represented (union) employees in CSUEU and SUPA are subject to this testing program.

Testing began earlier this week and will continue on campus--or at off-campus worksites, if applicable--at no cost on a weekly basis. Notifications and instructions on how to schedule testing will be sent weekly to those individuals who are required to participate in the testing program. Individuals who wish to opt-out of testing may do so by providing proof that they are fully vaccinated on the Self-Service Attestation page in SJSU @ Work.
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Kaiser Challenge: Right Weight
Article by: Kaiser 

The Right Weight challenge invites you to weigh yourself once a week. Being aware of your weight can help you make sure that you do not get too far off track with variations in eating or exercising. When you do weigh yourself, do it on the same day of the week, at the same time, using the same scale. Just the simple act of weighing yourself regularly will help you stay focused on maintaining a healthy weight. Adding a daily walk to your routine can become a great way to stay active and keep the extra pounds off!
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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-
Service's Discontinued

After August 31, 2021, Rebecca Ochoa, our SJSU dedicated counselor for faculty and staff will no longer provide services to SJSU employees. We want to thank Rebecca for her professional services and support throughout the last year. 

If you wish to continue with counseling, or meet with a counselor for the first time, please contact our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider.

Please note, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 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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The Office of Transportation Solutions is proud to provide you with resources to commute safely and efficiently as you return to campus. The Transportation Solutions website is regularly updated with services and resources for you.

The COVID-19 Response page has updates on the transit services in the area and their response to COVID-19. Additionally, at the bottom of the response page, you can find our Employee Commute Resource Guide with detailed information on transportation options to SJSU, available discounts, as well as major service and fare changes.

Email us with any questions at

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Weight Do-over
Article and photo by: Kaiser 

Give your diet a do-over!

Forget juicing, fasting, and fad diets; just focus on being healthy and fit. When you eat right and exercise regularly, maintaining a healthy weight can happen naturally. 

  • Fill up with fiber: High fiber foods fill you up without filling you out. 
  • Make time to move: Cutting calories can help you lose weight.  
  • Rethink your drinks: There’s more to maintaining your weight than watching what’s on your plate. 
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Get Back Into the Exercise Habit
Article & photo by: The American Institute for Preventive Medicine

Stressful and busy times in our lives often get in the way of exercise. Whether you’ve been busy with your job, family, or other commitments, it is possible to get back into a fitness habit. 

  • Go easy: Your body will need to work back up to its prior fitness level. Go for a shorter and lighter workout.  
  • Don’t be frustrated: Keep working at your fitness goals. Each day you exercise, you get closer to that goal.
  • Ask a friend to join you: A workout buddy can help you stay motivated and make it fun. 
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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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Savory Summer Hash
Recipe & photo  by: Kaiser 

This recipe may look like a hodgepodge of ingredients, but it is a delicious way to use a variety of summer vegetables and add more whole foods to your diet. Served over quinoa, this vegetable hash is a hearty and satisfying meal.

4 cups water
2 cups quinoa
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 red onion, diced into 1/2-inch pieces
2 medium red potatoes, scrubbed and then diced into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup white wine, divided
1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch lengths
1/2 pound mushrooms, diced into 1/2-inch pieces
1 teaspoon dried sage
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3 tablespoons fresh parsley
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of salt, to taste
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 medium tomatoes, diced into 1/2-inch pieces
2 cobs of corn, kernels cut off the cob
  1. In a medium saucepan, add the water and bring to a boil. Add the quinoa, turn the heat down to a simmer, cover, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until the water is absorbed.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium heat. Add the garlic, onions, and potatoes and stir every 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1/3 cup of the wine every 3 minutes to steam the potatoes and form a reduction. After 10 minutes, add the green beans, mushrooms, dried sage, dried oregano, fresh parsley, lemon juice, and salt and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the cornstarch, tomatoes, and corn to the vegetable mixture. Stir and cook until the sauce begins to thicken. Serve the hash over quinoa.
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

  • Employee Affinity Groups provide opportunities to make identity-specific connections and build community with other employees
Upcoming Webinars (all times PST)

Landed: Register to attend TODAY'S online information session (Wednesday, August 25 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm) for all employees interested in learning more about Landed’s down payment program and other homebuying resources.
  • If you are unable to attend an info session or if you would like to connect with a Landed teammate sooner, visit
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Last Updated Aug 31, 2022