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).
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November is
National Gratitude Month

Article and photo by: National Day Calendar

Gratitude is more than simply saying “thank you.” Gratitude’s amazing powers have the ability to shift us from focusing on the negative to appreciating what is positive in our lives. Practicing daily gratitude gives us a deeper connection to ourselves and the world around us.

Everything in our lives has the ability to improve when we are grateful. Research has shown that gratitude can enhance our moods, decrease stress, and drastically improve our overall level of health and wellbeing. On average, grateful people tend to have fewer stress-related illnesses and experience less depression and lowered blood pressure.
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Share Your Spartan Heart
Article and photo by: SJSU Cares

Share your Spartan Heart is a campaign to help raise funding to ensure students have basic needs. The campaign offers all members of our campus community the opportunity to donate to SJSU Cares and thus help students in need with food and emergency housing support.

SJSU Cares assists students who are facing an unforeseen economic crisis by providing direct support and referrals around basic needs including food, housing, emergency assistance and more.

Join SJSU Cares, Spartan Eats, and the Spartan Food Pantry now until December 10, 2021 to support these efforts.

Learn about events and activities happening now or coming soon!
  • (On Campus) Marisol - November 12 through November 20 - 7:30pm 
How to Lower Your Stress Levels
Article by: Sutter Health; Photo by: Canva

Life doesn’t have to be one long stress-fest. Tame stress levels with practical tips.
  • Attend to Your Breathing: Slow down and deepen your breath.
  • Exercise More: Engage in exercise classes or sports activities with others.
  • Add Joy: Activities that make you happy help counterbalance stress.
  • Pace Yourself: Stop overscheduling yourself (and 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.

For more information: 1-800-367-7474
Transportation Solutions Update: Highway 17 Express

Effective December 9, Highway 17 Express will return its extension to SJSU on all weekday trips. The drop off point is Santa Clara and 6th St.; the pick up is San Fernando and 7th St.

The Highway 17 Express Bus provides service between downtown Santa Cruz (Metro Center), Scotts Valley, and downtown San Jose.

Service is offered 7 days a week. On weekends, service is available from San Jose Diridon Station only.

Note: Due to COVID-19, the Highway 17 Express is currently ending at the San Jose Diridon Station.

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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.

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.
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic
Article and photo by: Well Plated by Erin

If you’d told me a few years ago that I’d find a vegetable side dish so addictive that I’d ruin my appetite with it before it ever hit the plate, I’d be skeptical. If you also mentioned that this side was Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic and Parmesan (seriously, BRUSSELS SPROUTS?!), I’d have told you to call me when pigs fly and I had a winning lotto ticket. No one in their right mind could go to town on a pile of Brussels sprouts, roasted, baked, Parmesan-ed or otherwise. Try them and see what you think.

1 1/2 Pounds Brussels sprouts trimmed and halved
4 Cloves garlic very roughly chopped (leave the pieces a bit chunky; add more if you live in a house of garlic lovers)
1 1/2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 Teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 Teaspoon black pepper
2 Tablespoons freshly ground or grated Parmesan
Optional additions: lemon, balsamic vinegar, herbs, red pepper flakes, etc.


Step 1: Place a rack in the upper third of your oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the Brussels sprouts and garlic in the center of a large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and any other desired spice additions. Gently mix until the Brussels sprouts are evenly coated, then spread them into a single layer on the baking sheet. For even better crisping, flip the Brussels sprouts so that they are all cut sides down.

Step 2: Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and stir in the parmesan cheese. Continue baking 10 to 20 additional minutes, until the Brussels sprouts are lightly charred and crisp on the outside and tender in the center. The outer leaves will be very dark too. Watch carefully towards the end of the baking time, as the cooking time will vary based on the size of your sprouts. Remove from the oven. Season with additional salt and/or pepper to taste. Enjoy immediately or at room temperature.
Homebuying Information
  • Landed: Home buying assistance through shared equity down payment program
Campus Sustainability Flu Clinic Sponsored by Walmart
        • Walmart Flu Clinic - November 17 (TODAY!)10:00am to 2:00pm
          • Location: Wellness Center Conference Room 122
          • Walk-ins are welcome.
        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
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        Last Updated Aug 31, 2022