San Jose State University

University Personnel presents health and
well-being tips for the campus community.
Good News SJSU is now In the Spotlight!

University Personnel would like to spotlight well-being activities in the lives of our employees. We want to know what you're doing to maintain balance and bring you joy.

Did you attend an event from our What's UP? section - tell us about it. Did you volunteer your time or find a new hobby? Do a fun activity with family or friends? Find a yummy new recipe you'd like to share? Share your story with us and be highlighted in a future Well-being Wednesday newsletter (photos are not required).
November is Diabetes
Awareness Month
Article and photo by: United Healthcare

Diabetes is a condition in which the pancreas is unable to process sugar effectively, leading to increased levels of glucose in the blood stream. Diabetes is a chronic condition that can be typically be managed by everyday choices.

Looking for educational information related to this topic? If so, check out the following UnitedHealthcare educational resources:
November Challenge:
“Home Brew”
Article by: Kaiser Permanente; Photo by Pixabay

The Home Brew challenge invites you to skip the coffee house for the next 30 days. Instead, brew your own coffee or tea. Not only does home brewed coffee save money, but it can be better for you depending on how you prepare it. Coffee shop coffees can have up to twice the amount of caffeine and fancy coffees are often full of sugar and cream.

Try setting up the coffee pot the night before or switch to K-Cups for single brew. Making your coffee in a special cup would be fun to enjoy your home brew…who knows, you might just find your inner barista!
Learn about events and activities happening now or coming soon!
  • VivaCalleSJ - Sunday, November 7 - 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • (On Campus) Marisol - November 12 through November 20 - 7:30pm 
Photo by: Pixabay  
5 Sweet Ways to Donate Unwanted Halloween Candy to a Good Cause
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If you’re concerned about the calories of those fun-size bars adding up, or just tired of your little ghosts and ghouls bouncing off the walls in a sugar rush, check out the organizations below which will gladly accept candy donations — for a good cause!

Where to donate Halloween candy:

  • Treats for Troops: Kids can earn buyback prizes, and you can get a tax deductible receipt for your donation.
  • Operation GratitudeDeployed troops and first responders will be touched that you sent them your sweets while they are working hard, far away from home.
Photo by: Pixabay  
Reducing Holiday Stress
Article by: Kaiser Permanente

The holidays can be a joyful time, offering a chance to reconnect with friends and family. But they can also be stressful. As the holiday season fast approaches you can help fight off stress by focusing on one or two things you can do that will help reduce stress.

Here are some ideas:

  • Know your spending limit. Set a budget, and don't spend more than you've planned.
  • Give something personal. You can show love and caring with a gift that is meaningful and personal.
  • Learn to say no. It's okay to say "no" to events that aren't important to you. 
  • Be realistic. Try not to put pressure on yourself to create the perfect holiday for your family.
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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 thinking about the holiday season and wondering how you'll get it all done?

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. G etting vaccinated helps you protect not only yourself but your 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

To safeguard the health and safety of all, SJSU has implemented mandatory COVID-19 testing. All  employees, auxiliary employees, volunteers and others in unpaid appointments who access campus and other university facilities are required to test.

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.
Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes
Article and photo by: Lovely Food Blog

Pumpkin anything is delicious. This pumpkin pecan recipe is one of the best we've seen, and we think you'll love it! It’s perfect for a weekend breakfast to add something extra to your pancakes. Be sure to top with your favorite syrup to make it shine!

1 Cup flour
1/4 Cup chopped pecans
1/4 Cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 Teaspoon baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon salt
1 Large egg
1 1/4 Cups buttermilk
1/2 Cup pumpkin puree
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Spray of vegetable oil spray


Step 1: In a medium bowl, combine the flour, pecans, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a large bowl, whisk the egg, buttermilk, pumpkin puree and vanilla extract. Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well.

Step 2: Spray a non-stick skillet with the vegetable oil spray and heat over medium-high heat. When hot, ladle in the batter 1/4 cup at a time to make 3-4 inch pancakes.

Step 3: Cook for about 2 minutes or until bubbles begin to burst in the top and the bottom is lightly browned. Flip over and cook until the second side is slightly browned. Serve immediately with the toppings of your choice.
Homebuying Information
  • Landed: Home buying assistance through shared equity down payment program
Campus Sustainability Flu Clinics Sponsored by Kaiser and Walmart
  • Walmart Flu Clinic - Nov. 10 and Nov. 17 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
    • Location: Wellness Center Conference Room 122
    • Walk-ins are welcome or you can schedule an appointment.
Additional Resources 
  • Check SJSU Health Advisories for the latest COVID-19 and SJSU Adapt information
  • 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