University Personnel presents health and
well-being tips for the campus community.
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Every now and then the UP Well-being Team will offer a healthy eating challenge to our employees. September's challenge is “Soup Kitchen”. The Soup Kitchen challenge invites you to make one soup a week. There are so many great benefits to making homemade soup.
  • Homemade soup is healthy as it contains nutritious vegetables and beans, which are sometimes hard to work into your diet

  • The broth helps fill your stomach, reducing the chance of overeating

  • Making a batch of soup on the weekend will help you save time during the week and you can always freeze for later

  • Be aware that not all soups are good for you or your waistband; try and stay away from cream soups or soups with high sodium

  • Be creative and share recipes and don’t forget to submit your soup photos and experience to Good News SJSU

  • For more delicious recipes, visit Food & Nutrition on the UP website


Mindful Minute
Week 8: Dream Big
Have you ever had a dream you want to accomplish? Maybe something that you're interested in but never had the time to take action. What matters to you?

I look at life as a big canvas. The canvas is blank and extends as far as the eye can see. What we love, what we're passionate about, those are the paintbrushes and paint. To me, the goal in life is to paint as much of the canvas as possible while we're still here. It doesn't matter what you paint or what the colors are. The shapes and styles of each painting are irrelevant. What matters most is that you engage in your life and add color every moment. Below are some tips to help make your dream a reality. 
  • Choose something you love. I'm very passionate about life. But there are some things I'm not excited about. The first thing you want to do in dreaming big is to find something that matters to you. And I mean a lot! Running a 5k, learning how to dance, or even learning a new language.
  • Try easy. Trying hard is what most of us do. But we end up getting burnt out after a while. It could be because we don't take time to nurture ourselves and take care of our bodies. We push and push until exhaustion. When we try easy, we do the best we can, but we live with the results. We're easy on ourselves, and we get down if things go wrong.
  • Don't think about the end goal. When I wanted to become a personal trainer, I didn't think I'd make it to becoming a trainer for Kaiser Permanente. My only thought was to choose something that I loved and continue to do it. Ten years later, with two college degrees and three training certifications, I'm more than happy to look back and see how much I've grown. But if I started as a trainer and only thought about this goal vs. enjoying the process, I think I would be miserable. Because if I didn't reach this standard, then I would consider myself a failure. Whatever you're doing, enjoy that process. It's alright to set a goal and accomplish what you love, but if that's the only reason why you're going after that goal, then you miss out on what matters in life.
Watch the week 8 videos
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We want to hear your good news!

University Personnel would like to highlight employee good news in our Well-being Wednesday newsletters. Please share your stories with us, send us photos of an activity you participated in, share "words of wisdom" from your kids, tell us what's been helping you cope through the shelter-in-place. During these trying times, it's important to find the good in things. Your stories can help us all do that.

Not sure what to share? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
  • How are you balancing your time between work and home life?
  • How have you been staying active?
  • A big project that you procrastinated doing for months & finally finished.
  • Something your kids have been involved in.
  • A new volunteer opportunity; a new hobby.
  • You welcomed a new baby, got engaged, got married, or other life events.
  • An act of kindness that someone did for you or you did for someone else,
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“I finally completed a book (a biography/family history) I had been writing since I began the SJSU MFA Creative Writing program in 2010. It took me 7 years to write the book as a thesis and graduate from the program, and another 3 years to polish the book. This summer, I was able to upload it to Amazon and send 50 copies to family members. I am so relieved to have completed this ten-year project! Being a student helped me find my staff position here in 2016, and that job in turn helped me to finish school. SJSU Spartan for life!”

Lisa Francesca,
College of Engineering, Dean's Office 
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Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness.

Warning signs:
  • Increased alcohol and drug use
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Withdrawal from friends, family and community
  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Impulsive or reckless behavior
Crisis Resources
  • If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.
  • If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
  • If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.
  • Dedicated SJSU Counselor
For more information, visit NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
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Last Updated Aug 31, 2022