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National Safety Month
Article and Photo by: National Day Calendar

Identifying risks around the home or improving safety standards at home and in your community protects everyone. Whether we increase first aid and emergency awareness through drills or provide water safety tips for summer recreation, we’re taking steps to provide a safer neighborhood.

How To Observe:
  • Report repairs as they are needed
  • Hold drills at home to help children know what to do in the even of
    • fire
    • earthquake
    • medical event
    • another natural disaster
  • Volunteer to participate in community emergency preparedness events
  • Put together a first aid kit
  • Take a CPR class
  • Teach someone to change a tire properly and safely
  • Learn about proper storage and disposal of medications
  • Take a defensive driving course
  • Learn how to identify fall hazards in a home
Visit the National Safety Council website for tips and resources and use #NationalSafetyMonth to share on social media.
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Mindful Driving
Article by: Sutter Health; Photo by: Canva

Use the time you spend in the car (especially during a traffic jam) to practice mindfulness. Instead of listening to the radio, a podcast, audiobook, etc., actively pay attention to what’s happening in the moment. Without taking your eyes off the road, of course, try the following:
  • Breathe deeply, inhaling through your nose and out through your mouth.
  • Notice the makes, models and colors of the cars in front and around you.
  • Check out the environment by noticing the clouds in the sky, road conditions, trees, etc.
  • Move your attention to different parts of your body. For example, notice how the pressure of the gas pedal feels against your foot and how your other foot feels. Notice other parts of your body: hands, shoulders, knees, etc.
  • When a thought distracts you, acknowledge it and bring your attention back to the present.
You can cap off the exercise by practicing mindful walking from your car to your destination.
Walk Like a Jedi
Article by: Sutter Health; Photo by: Canva

We go through life looking straight ahead, practicing a kind of tunnel vision, but some therapists have found that using peripheral vision to disconnect from tunnel vision reduces stress and anxiety.

Give it a try:
  1. Hold your hands out in front of you, shoulder width apart.
  2. Turn your head to look directly at your right hand. As you do that, become aware of your left hand.
  3. Turn your head to look directly at your left hand. Become aware of your right hand.
  4. Do this a few times.
  5. Now look straight ahead while becoming aware of objects located to right, left, above and below your line of vision.
  6. Walk a few steps with your peripheral vision activated.
The next time you feel stressed about a situation, try using peripheral vision to derail the thought train. Simply expand your vision to take in objects outside your direct line of focus and see what happens. If nothing else, it might come in handy the next time a stormtrooper attacks from the side.
Health and Well-being
Kaiser and LifeMatters® by Empathia are CSU vendors.
These courses are optional and all times are PST.

CSU - Medicare Retirement Workshop for CSU employees
Determine if you are eligible and when to enroll in Medicare or switch plans.
  • Multiple sessions through Thursday, December 22 - Register now
Health Talk - Prediabetes
Join us to learn what prediabetes is, what leads to prediabetes, and how it is diagnosed, prevented, and treated.

Are current events causing you stress or making you anxious? Has the pandemic left you feeling lonely or depressed?

We have help for you.

SJSU has partnered with LifeMatters by Empathia for your counseling and employee assistance needs.

Did you know the following services are included in your LifeMatters benefits?:
  • Child Care Services
  • Legal Consultation
  • Financial Consultation
  • Convenience Services
Quick Survey.png  Wondering what LifeMatters by Empathia courses are available?
 Take this quick ANONYMOUS survey and let us know what course(s) you're interested in.
Please note, Empathia courses and services are only available to faculty and staff on the state side, not those in auxiliary organizations.

For more information call 1-800-367-7474 or visit (Password: spartans)
Physical, Mental and Social Benefits of Hiking
Article by: Hiking & Fishing; Photo by: Canva

Hiking in nature, whether on a short jaunt or a long stretch of trail, can do wonders for your well-being. Although there is nothing wrong with going to the gym for physical fitness (any movement is excellent!); getting outside of an enclosed environment and into the woods can help lift your health to a whole next level.

From increasing physical fitness, to improving mental health, and even aiding us in our social lives, hiking offers many solid benefits. Curious to know what they are? Here’s a look at the physical, mental, and social benefits of hiking – so the next chance you find yourself out in the woods on a hike, you’ll both feel excellent AND know why.
Visit California State Parks for FREE
Article and Photo by: San José Public Library

California is home to 280 state park units, over 340 miles of coastline, 970 miles of lake and river frontage, 15,000 campsites, and 4,500 miles of trails. These state parks are for everyone. However, many Californians do not access these majestic locations due to barriers both financial and systemic. California State Parks and the California State Library are happy to announce an opportunity to advance safe and equitable outdoor access to all.

Thanks to this partnership between California State Parks and the California State Library, the San José Public Library (SJPL) has joined other public libraries across the state to offer free State Parks vehicle-day use passes.
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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. 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.

Asymptomatic testing will be held on Mondays and Tuesdays now through August 12.
  • TIME: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • LOCATION: Student Wellness Center (SWC) 122
  • 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.
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Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL)

Signed by the Governor on February 9, 2022, SB 114 (SPSL) provides up to 80 hours (10 days) of COVID-related leave through September 30, 2022. The CSU has extended the program's deadline to December 31, 2022, and provides full pay during the leave. SPSL is available now for all non-represented and represented employees except for Teamsters (Unit 6) employees. The state leave program is available for Unit 6 (through 9/30/2022).

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.
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Booster Shot Requirement

Chancellor's Office policy now includes a requirement for faculty, staff and students regarding vaccination and booster shots. Non-represented employees, volunteers, auxiliary employees, all Unit 3 (faculty) and Unit 8 (SUPA) employees who are eligible for the booster and have not had their booster within 30 days of eligibility date and/or updated their SJSU @ Work record with the updated information are not in compliance with policy and may be subject to formal consequences. Deadlines for other represented employees will be announced soon.

Already received your booster shot? 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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Housing Information

Landed: Home buying assistance through shared equity down payment program

The Taft Apartments - Off-Campus Rental for Faculty, Staff and Students

Campus Sustainability Reminders 
  • 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
  • KinderCare - Save 10% on full-time, part-time, and drop-in tuition for early childhood education or school-age distance learning programs
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Last Updated Aug 31, 2022