San Jose State University

University Personnel presents health and
well-being tips for the campus community.
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University Personnel would like to wish you a happy holiday season!

We appreciate your support of the Well-being Wednesday newsletter, and look forward to bringing you insightful information in the new year!

This will be the last edition of Well-being Wednesday for 2021; it will resume on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. Please stay tuned to receive tips and resources to support a healthy lifestyle.

Safe and happy holidays,
University Personnel
San Jose Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon

The half-marathon I was scheduled to run in 2020 was postponed to 2021. My excitement for the event built up as I trained in the weeks prior. However, one week before the half-marathon, I went to the quick-silver trail for an 8 mile run. I experienced some discomfort in my right knee during the run, and by that night, it became a sharp pain. I rested the whole week hoping that the pain would subside, but I still had significant pain on the day of the event. As the announcer called my group to run, I felt uneasy about how long I could endure. When I started the half-marathon, I focused on putting one foot in front of the other; mind over body. Ultimately, I was able to complete the half-marathon in 2 hours 51 minutes. More than anything, I’m proudest of my perseverance to follow-through with my goals.

Harish Chander
Information Technology

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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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Hammer Theatre Center: Annual Drive
Article and photo by: Hammer Theatre Center

Our annual drive to support SJSU Cares and the SJSU Food Pantry will be #AtTheHammer this year from December 5 through December 21. Collection bins will be available in front of the theatre to drop off accepted items before most of our December events.

Attendance at events is not required to donate! Collection bins will be made available to all just outside the theatre. We appreciate you whether you decide to attend or just pop by to donate!
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LifeMatters by Empathia Services

Are you experiencing anxiety or stress during the holiday season? Are you worried that the pandemic may never end?

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
Learn about events and activities happening now or coming soon!
5 Ways to Re-Energize Over the Holidays
Article by: MindGym; Photo by: Canva

Energized teams perform better, are more creative and make wiser decisions – and much of that energy stems from their leader. The holiday break is a chance to kick back, refocus and recharge your batteries so you can make a sprinting start to the New Year.
  • Seek out an energizer: Take the opportunity to spend time with those who make you feel alive and enthused
  • Rediscover your ‘why’: We’re more driven to achieve something when it matters
  • Find your style: A quiet, controlled sense of passion can be equally as uplifting as shouting it from the rooftops
  • Practice your presence: Practice being present and hone that skill for your one-to-ones back at work
  • Boost your positivity: Emotions are contagious so you’ll create an upwards spiral of positivity to beat the January blues
12 Ways Children Can Give Back This Holiday Season
Article and Image by: Parenting

For many children, the holiday season is a time of blissful ignorance filled with delicious food and a plethora of toys. No Scrooge-style rants here: Your kids deserve some holiday magic. All children do. Helping your kids create a little magic for the less fortunate is a huge gift for everyone involved.

Finding an appropriate giving project may present a challenge, especially in an age when many charities implore people to donate money rather than items or time.

Forget the grand gestures and work with your kids on a few small holiday give-backs:
  • Provide a hands-on experience in fighting hunger and helping other kids
  • Let kids connect with elderly friends or relatives who live alone
  • Teach your child the importance of earning and giving
  • Explore micro-volunteering through "quick acts of kindness"
Remove the Pressure of Resolutions and Set Realistic Goals
Article by: verymindwell; Photo by: Pixabay

At the beginning of every new year, you might come up with lofty resolutions: cook more frequently, spend more time creating, exercise more, learn how to speak Italian. But how often do you achieve them?

Often these goals are too vague or you don’t properly plan for them. And they add to the pressure to make your new year better than the previous one. Setting and achieving resolutions can prove challenging for some and seemingly impossible for others. It is important to keep your goals grounded in reality. But even in the face of considerable obstacles, you can set goals and reach them. However, it may require a shift in perspective.
  • Set Intentions Instead of Resolutions: Unlike resolutions, intentions are more fluid, more abstract.
  • Goal Setting Strategies: With goals, you give yourself direction.
  • Establish Accountability Partners: Friends, family members, therapists, and/or online community members can help keep you accountable.
  • Expect the Unexpected: Don’t let unexpected events, or self-care needs, deter you from your goals.
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COVID-19 vaccinations are now available to everyone ages 5 and older. It is recommended that all who are eligible receive a COVID-19 booster shot. The booster is appropriate for everyone ages 16 and older 6 months following the last Pfizer or Moderna vaccination, or 2 months following the Johnson & Johnson vaccination.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: On-campus testing will be paused between December 18, 2021 and January 17, 2022.

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.
Hot Chocolate Bombs
Article and photo by: I Am Baker

The title of these balls of chocolate is pretty accurate. The balls are filled with chocolate milk powder and marshmallows. When hot milk is added to the bombs, they open up, or ‘explode’ to let the hot chocolate mix and marshmallows out. When stirred, you have a decadent and delicious cup of hot chocolate!

⅔ Cup (133g) granulated sugar
⅓ Cup (39g) cocoa powder
1 Pinch kosher salt


1 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 Tablespoons chocolate milk powder, divided
3 Tablespoons mini marshmallows, divided
1 Silicone chocolate bomb mold

  • To get started, get out a jar with a lid or a food processor.
  • Combine the sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Use a food processor or shake up the ingredients in a sealed container until all the ingredients are mixed together. Store in a sealed container in a cool, dry place.
  • Fill a medium pot almost halfway with water. Bring the water to a simmer over low heat.
  • Place a heat-safe bowl (glass or stainless steel) that can just fit on top of the pot of simmering water, but leaves a gap between the water and bottom of the bowl.
  • Add the chocolate chips to the bowl. Keep the heat on low and use a rubber spatula to stir the melting chocolate chips until smooth. Remove the bowl of chocolate, but leave the water in the pot to be used later.


  • Add a heaping spoonful of the melted chocolate to each of the six chocolate molds. Use the spoon to spread the chocolate up the sides of each mold. Make sure the entire inside of each mold is evenly coated with chocolate. (Save extra chocolate to use later.)
  • Freeze the chocolate for 10 minutes, or until completely set.
  • Once set, carefully remove the chocolate cups from the mold, placing them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Flip over three of the molds to be filled. Fill each of the three halves with 2 tablespoons of the chocolate milk powder and 1 tablespoon of mini marshmallows.
  • Place the other three halves, seam-side down, on a separate baking sheet. Place the sheet on top of the pot of warm water over low heat to slightly melt the rims of the molds.
  • With gloves on (so you don't leave fingerprints) cover each filled chocolate half with an empty half, sealing it.
  • Decorate with any extra melted chocolate, sprinkles, and other candies. Use immediately, or within 24 hours, for best results. Store at room temperature.
  • To make hot chocolate, add a chocolate bomb into a mug. Slowly pour about 1½ cups of hot milk over the bombs and stir. Sip and enjoy!
Homebuying Information

Landed: Home buying assistance through shared equity down payment program

Campus Sustainability Additional Resources 
  • Find more health and well-being resources in MyWell-being on the UP website
  • Email for full complimentary audiological evaluations and counseling regarding hearing conservation
  • 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
  • WEBINAR: Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products - Thursday, January 6 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm - Register now
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