San Jose State University

University Personnel presents health and
well-being tips for the campus community.
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Starting Monday, September 20, Spartan Recreation is hosting a 6-week Fall Into Fitness challenge (focused on both physical and mental wellness) that's open to students, staff, and faculty.

A kickoff for the challenge will take place in-person on Monday, September 20. Come meet your fellow participants and enjoy the activities along with giveaways and snacks. 

There will be smaller events taking place in-person throughout the challenge - more information will be provided after you sign up. Please note, there is a $40 fee associated with this challenge. Sign up to receive additional information.
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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: 1-800-367-7474
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COVID-19 vaccinations are now available to everyone age 12 and older.

Getting vaccinated helps you protect not only yourself but your loved ones, as well as the campus and greater community as a whole. 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?
COVID-19 Vaccine

To safeguard the health and safety of all, SJSU has implemented mandatory COVID-19 testing. APC, CFA, CSUEU, SUPA, and UAPD employees are required to undergo mandatory testing, as are unrepresented employees, auxiliary employees, volunteers and others in unpaid appointments who access campus and other university facilities. 

Testing is in progress 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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Do you need a multivitamin?
Article by: Kaiser 

You can get the vitamins and minerals you need from a balanced diet. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and proteins like beans and lentils offer other ingredients your body needs, like fiber and antioxidants. So instead of reaching for a multivitamin, focus on getting the most out of your food. 

How do you choose the right supplement?
Once you have an idea of the kind of vitamin or mineral you need, you’re ready to head to the supplement aisle. Keep these tips in mind, and always check with your doctor first:
  • Don’t depend on brand names.
  • Always check expiration dates.
  • Don’t trust every claim on the label.
What if you’re still not sure about supplements?
A balanced diet is the best way to get the nutrients your body needs. Check food labels and nutrition information.
Preventive Care Awareness Month
Article and photo by: United Healthcare

What does preventive care mean?
Preventive care is routine health care that's meant to help you stay healthy. 

What's the difference between preventive care and diagnostic care?
Preventive care is covered by most health plans with $0 out-of-pocket when you see a network provider. Diagnostic care could have additional costs, depending on your plan coverage.
  • Preventive care includes routine well exams, screenings, and immunizations intended to prevent or avoid illness or other health problems.
  • Diagnostic care includes care or treatment when you have symptoms or risk factors and your doctor wants to diagnose them.

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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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Berry Bold Banana Smoothie
Article by: Chop Chop Family

Smoothies are fun to make for breakfast and snacks. You can use any fruit you like. When using bananas, make sure they are overripe to give the smoothie a velvety texture. 

3/4 Cup fresh or frozen raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries
3/4 Cup plain yogurt
3/4 Cup orange juice, milk, or water
1 Large overripe banana, sliced (and frozen, if possible)
2 Ice cubes (if using non-frozen fruit)


Put all the ingredients in the blender.
Turn on the blender to medium speed and blend until the mixture is smooth, 30-60 seconds.

Divide the smoothie equally between 2 glasses and serve right away, or cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours.
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
Online Training Opportunities

Kaiser Permanente: Coronavirus/COVID-19
Coping with Stress and Uncertainty during COVID-19  in CSULearn

Work-Life Balance  via LinkedIn Learning

Courses from United Healthcare
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Last Updated Aug 31, 2022