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5 Self-Care Practices for Every Area of Your Life
Article and Photo by: Verywell Health

All the stress relief activities in the world won't help if you aren't taking care of yourself. Meditation won't do you any good if you aren't getting adequate sleep. In fact, when you try to meditate, you might doze off because you aren't taking care of your body's need for sleep.

Similarly, hitting the gym once in a while won't relieve much stress if you're not regularly fueling your body with healthy, nutrient-dense food. You need to take care of your basic needs first if you want your stress relief activities to be effective.

This article discusses some of the different types of self-care and why they are so important. It also covers some of the things that you can do to develop a self-care plan of your own.
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13 Simple Habits to Cultivate Self-Compassion
Article by: Lifehack; Photo by: Canva

Self compassion is the purest form of self-love. Be real with yourself… are you practicing it everyday?

Unfortunately, self-compassion is a foreign concept to a lot of people. We’ve all experienced moments in life when we feel discouraged, rejected or less than. When this happens, a lot of people spend more time and energy tearing themselves down instead of lifting themselves up.

The problem lies in peoples’ misunderstanding of what self-compassion is. Being self compassionate doesn’t mean that someone is selfish or arrogant. Research proves quite the opposite.

Read more to learn about the research and how to cultivate self-compassion. 

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
CalTrans Chair Yoga
Suicide Risk: Awareness and Prevention
  • Wednesday, September 14 - 11:00am - 11:45am - Register now
CalPERS Cold and Flu Prevention
  • Wednesday, September 14 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm - Register now
10 Tips to Remain Physically Active 
Learn creative ways to stay physically active and increase personal fitness levels.
  • TOMORROW! Thursday, September 8 - 12:00pm - 12:45pm - Register now
Stretch Out: The Benefits of Physical Flexibility 
Learn the research on achieving and maintaining physical flexibility.
  • Thursday, September 15 - 12:00pm - 12:45pm - Register now

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. (Login Info)
For more information call 1-800-367-7474 or visit (Login Info)
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 Take this quick ANONYMOUS survey and let us know what course(s) you're interested in.
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SJSU Housing Demand Survey

The future of our university’s vitality is tied to our long-term ability to address our faculty and staff's housing needs and attract and retain talent in a competitive jobs and housing market. As the university is working on a housing project one-block away from campus to house faculty and staff, the Alquist Redevelopment, all faculty and staff are invited to contribute input to a survey that will ask about current housing needs and future housing expectations. Employee responses will directly shape how SJSU accommodates Spartans for years to come.

Please complete the survey by Sunday, September 11, 2022.

Click here to learn more.

For comments, questions, or concerns reach out to
LIVE Open Enrollment Benefits Webinar Series

Beginning now through October 11, the Chancellor’s Office will be highlighting benefits that limit enrollment, changes or cancellations during Open Enrollment. They will be highlighting Dental, Vision, Health Care and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts and more.

All CSU employees are welcome to attend this live webinar series and there is no registration required. All sessions will be closed captioned and recorded for future viewing. Click here to go to the page where recordings will be posted one week after the presentation occurs

Click here to view the 2022 Open Enrollment Webinar Series Flyer. 
What's the Difference Between an HMO and a PPO?
Article and Photo by: Health Markets

When it comes to health insurance, identifying the differences between an HMO and a PPO can be challenging. You’ve probably heard of HMOs, PPOs, and perhaps some other acronyms. But what are they? What’s the difference between them? And, more importantly, how do you decide which is the best one for you?

To start, HMO stands for Health Maintenance Organization, and the coverage restricts patients to a particular group of physicians called a network. PPO is short for Preferred Provider Organization and allows patients to choose any physician they wish, either inside or outside of their network. HMOs and PPOs are both types of managed care, which is a way for insurers to help control costs.

With the basics in mind, let’s dig into the HMO vs. PPO differences and learn which could be best option for you and your family.
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Buying Life Insurance for the First Time?
Article and Photo by: New York Life

Most of us need life insurance at some point in our lives. But don't buy a policy just because you heard it was a good idea. Life insurance is designed to provide your family with financial security in case you, your spouse, or a parent passes away. 

Why you need life insurance?
Life insurance can help pay off your mortgage, help with college expenses, help fund your retirement, and help with estate planning.

How much coverage should I buy?
You can use any number of planning tools to get an idea of the amount of coverage you'll need for your policy. The easiest way is to simply take your annual salary and multiply by eight.

This article will discuss 6 tips tips on how to get the right life insurance for you and your family.

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Flu Clinics Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and Walmart

Flu season will be here before we know it. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Millions of people get the flu every year and hundreds of thousands are hospitalized which is why you want to ensure those around you are protected from the flu.

Kaiser Permanente FREE Flu Shot Clinic

Kaiser Permanente will be on campus providing Staff and Faculty complementary flu shots. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 2, 2022 so you don’t miss out on this great benefit.

Please note, you don’t have to be a Kaiser member to participate. Additionally, COVID boosters and vaccinations will not be available during this event.

Register Now.

Employer Code: SJSU
Location: Student Wellness Center Conference Room 122/A
Site Close Date: 9:00 am on Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Please note, to allow for additional pre-event processing, the site will close and no longer accept requests for appointments at 9:00am on Tuesday, November 1, 2022. Walk-in appointments will be accommodated on the day of the event if space is available.
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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.
  • 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.

Note: You can also inquire with your own health care provider on how to get free COVID-19 tests.
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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. 

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. All non-represented and represented employees (except Unit 1, UAPD), volunteers and auxiliary 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

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 May 8, 2023