San Jose State University

University Personnel presents health and
well-being tips for the campus community.
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Vaccinated SJSU staff and faculty as well as auxiliary employees and those in volunteer or other unpaid appointments are eligible for on-campus COVID-19 testing. Individuals participating in this program must have a completed vaccination attestation on file in SJSU @ Work. (It is not yet required to have the booster shot to participate in this voluntary testing program.) Those who have attested that they are not accessing campus may not participate at this time. Those with approved exemptions will continue to test through the mandatory testing program.

Please note, if you recently tested positive via a PCR test, you should not participate in this testing as the positive result will continue to show up for 90 days.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 you should not come to campus and should not participate in this testing. Contact our Leaves Unit for appropriate guidance and direction for next steps at 924-2155, 924-2148), or 924-2243.
Testing Steps and Requirements

You must be affiliated with SJSU to participate.

Voluntary testing will be available Monday - Friday with anticipated end date in February, to be determined.
  • TIME: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day
  • LOCATION: Event Center
  • YOU MUST BRING: Valid photo ID (SJSU Tower Card is recommended)

Appointments are required. You will be asked to enter your insurance information in order to be tested; there will be no out of pocket cost to you.
Did you already receive your booster shot?

Non-represented employees, volunteers, auxiliary employees and all Unit 3 (faculty) employees are required to have their booster shot by February 28, 2022. Deadlines for other represented employees will be announced soon. If you have already received your booster shot make sure you update your Vaccine Attestation Record in SJSU @ Work with the date of the booster and your updated vaccination record. Details on how to do this can be found in the user guide.
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Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL)

Governor Newsom recently signed SB 114 which provides 80 hours (10 days) of COVID-related leave to employees through September 30, 2022. The CSU is offering Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) which will extend this COVID-related leave to December 31, 2022, and provide full pay during the leave. SPSL is available now for non-represented employees. CSU is currently in meet and confer sessions with unions. Until these sessions are completed SPSL is not available to represented employees; however, the state leave program is available.

If you have questions about this or any other leave program, please contact Yazmin Perez, Manager of Leaves, Workers' Comp and Accommodation Programs. She can be reached via email at or phone at 408-924-2155.
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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Photo by: Elizabeth Escobar

New Hobby: Planted

In December, I started a planted aquarium as a new hobby. A planted aquarium combines the beauty of nature with the benefits of a balanced ecosystem. Aquascaping has become one of my favorite ways to release stress. While it will take months for my plants to fully grow and expand, I look forward to observing the daily progress!

Elizabeth Escobar
University Personnel
California State University System Has Partnered With KinderCare

Save 10% on full-time, part-time, and drop-in tuition for early childhood education or school-age distance learning programs, ages six weeks to 12 years, at the 1,600+ KinderCare Learning Centers or 500+ Champions sites nationwide.

Proof of eligibility with the California State University System is required. To begin saving, families must present this voucher or the code specified on the voucher to the Center Director of their desired learning center and request to join the program. This offer is available to new families as well as those already enrolled in a participating center. If you are eligible for ASI Flex benefits, please find more information here.
How Alcohol and Stress Impact Parenting During a Pandemic
Article and photo by: Brett Bralley,
SCM's Editorial and News

Raising children during the pandemic isn’t easy. Combine that with the effects of alcohol, and it could lead to a more punitive approach to parenting, according to one San José State University researcher.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Jennifer Price Wolf, Associate Professor of Social Work at SJSU, has studied just how these factors play a role in the way parents address child misbehavior.
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LifeMatters by Empathia Services

Has the pandemic left you feeling lonely, depressed and needing to talk to professionals who can provide resources?

We have help for you.

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!
Fake N95 and KN95 masks are everywhere—here's how to spot them and where to buy real ones
Article by: USATODAY; Photo by: Canva

To maneuver the market of N95 and KN95 masks with more confidence, there are some tell-tale signs that can help you steer clear of fraudulent masks.

Here are a few tips from the CDC and other healthcare experts for avoiding counterfeit masks:
  • Look for the NIOSH stamp of approval
  • N95s never have ear loops 
  • NIOSH-approved N95 kids' masks don't exist
  • KN95s cannot be NIOSH-approved
How a Healthy Gut Affects Your Weight
Article by: The Wonder Forest Blog; Photo by: Canva

Not too long ago, “gut” was code for a flabby belly—certainly not a term you’d associate with weight loss. But thanks to an avalanche of recent research, experts now believe the gut controls overall well-being, including your weight.

“Hippocrates told us 2,500 years ago that all disease begins in the gut,” says Sharon Meyer, C.N.C., an integrative nutritionist at Sutter’s Institute for Health & Healing. Along with influencing disease risk, the gut regulates everything from immunity and mood to brain function and body mass.

In addition to the required training courses, CSULearn has numerous optional courses available to employees such as:
Chicken Avocado Caprese Salad
Article and photo by: Lovely Food Blog

Balsamic chicken avocado caprese salad is a quick and easy meal in a salad! Seared chicken, fresh mozzarella and tomato halves, creamy avocado slices and shredded basil leaves are drizzled with an incredible balsamic dressing that doubles as a marinade for the ultimate salad!

  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 chicken thigh fillets, skin removed (no bone) – *Boneless, skinless chicken breasts can be used instead of thighs
  • 5 cups of Romaine, (or Cos) lettuce leaves, washed and dried
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 cup of cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of mini mozzarella / bocconcini cheese balls
  • 1/4 cup of basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  1. Whisk marinade ingredients together to combine.
  2. Place chicken into a shallow dish; pour 4 tablespoons of the dressing / marinade onto the chicken and stir around to evenly coat chicken.
  3. Reserve the untouched marinade to use as a dressing.
  4. Heat about one teaspoon of oil in a large grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat and grill or sear chicken fillets on each side until golden, crispy and cooked through.
  5. Once chicken is cooked, set aside and allow to rest.
  6. Slice chicken into strips and prepare salad with lettuce, avocado slices, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and chicken.
  7. Top with basil strips; drizzle with the remaining dressing; season with salt and pepper; serve.
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
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Last Updated Aug 31, 2022