San Jose State University
Health and Well-being
Kaiser, Blue Shield 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
Beat the Heat
Focus on specific summer health concerns such as sun exposure, insect protection, and outdoor food safety.
All Eyes On You: Important Steps to Maintaining Healthy Vision
Learn how certain nutrients can help with healthy long-term vision.

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.

Please note, Empathia courses and services are only available to faculty and staff on the state side, not those in auxiliary organizations.
LifeMatters Orientation Video
Take a few minutes to learn about the great services available to you and your family through LifeMatters with this orientation video.
For more information call 1-800-367-7474 or visit (Password: spartans)
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Fourth of July
Leave Fireworks to the Experts
Article by: National Safety Council; Photo by: Canva

Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks. The National Safety Council advises everyone to enjoy fireworks at public displays conducted by professionals, and not to use any fireworks at home. Be sure to check your local ordinances, city or county website for more information on fireworks.

In 2017, eight people died and over 12,000 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents. Of these, 50% of the injuries were to children and young adults under age 20. Over two-thirds (67%) of injuries took place from June 16 to July 16.
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Water Safety Tips
Article and Photo by: YMCA

Swimming is great exercise, as well as a fun way to spend time together as a family. There's nothing like spending an afternoon splashing around in the water and enjoying being together.

Unfortunately, many people don't realize how dangerous swimming can be without careful preparation. In the United States, someone dies from drowning every 10 minutes.

By following these basic water safety tips, you are significantly reducing the risks associated with swimming, which allows your whole family to enjoy themselves even more.

UV or Polarized? Conquer the Rays with the Right Shades
Article and Photo by: VSP Vision Care

When it comes down to dealing with the heavy dose of sunshine that summer brings, dark sunglasses are enough to protect your eyes, right? Ummm… no. Not all shades are created equal. That’s why we consider it our delightful duty to make sure you know about two of the superstars in the summer-lens category: UV-blocking and polarized lenses.

UV Lenses Lead the Radiation Smackdown
UV-blocking lenses stop the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UVA and UVB) rays from reaching your eyes. Jeffrey Anshel, O.D., F.A.A.O., from Poinsettia Vision Center in Carlsbad, CA explains, “UV radiation can lead to abnormal eye growths, macular degeneration, general vision loss, and cancer of the eye.” (Ouch!)

Polarized Shades Keep You on Top of Your Game
While the goal of UV-blocking lenses is to protect your eyes, the point of polarized lenses is to remove glare so you can see more clearly and easily, i.e., less squinting! These lenses are a favorite among water sports enthusiasts, video gamers, and anyone who dislikes day-to-day glare.
10 Warning Signs of Dehydration
Article by: Kaiser Permanente; Photo by: Canva

What do you think is more essential: Food or water? While we tend to focus a lot of our time and energy on food — deciding what to eat for lunch or make for dinner — water is essential. In fact, we can go up to 3 weeks without food but wouldn’t last more than 3 or 4 days without water.

"Hydration is necessary for survival," explains Ronald A. Navarro, MD, Kaiser Permanente’s coordinating chief of orthopedic surgery for Southern California." The cells in our bodies contain water and are surrounded by water. When we’re dehydrated, these cells are less permeable, which means they have trouble absorbing nutrients and removing waste."
The Best Drinks For Staying Hydrated
Article and Photo by: Powerful Nutrition

When you work out a lot, it’s essential to know the best drink for hydration. Despite what you may have heard, many different drinks can hydrate you, even ones with caffeine or alcohol. Some foods with a high water content provide hydration, too, from vegetables like cucumber to soups.

For many people, hydration is straightforward. Their bodies tell them when they are thirsty, and they simply drink more fluids when this occurs. For others, hydration can be challenging.
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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, Units 2/5/7/9 (CSUEU) employees, Unit 3 (faculty) employees, Unit 4 (APC) employees, 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