University Personnel presents health and
well-being tips for the campus community.
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness is a worldwide campaign that takes place annually each October. The campaign involves thousands of organizations collaborating, to highlight the importance of breast awareness, education and research.

About breast cancer 
The American Cancer Society is on a mission to free the world from cancer.  One of their top priorities is educating you on what you can do to be proactive regarding breast health. Knowledge and early detection save lives. 

You can help reduce your risk of cancer by:
  • Making healthy choices
  • Staying away from tobacco
  • Being safe in the sun
  • Eating healthy and getting active
  • Protecting against HPV
  • Getting regular screenings
  • Following recommended screening guidelines
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic Violence Awareness month aims to honor those who have lost their lives to domestic violence. The YWCA educates communities about how to support survivors, and build awareness about violence prevention. The YWCA will share information and stories, advocate with a common goal in mind: together, we can end gender-based violence.

Educational Events & Awareness Activities:
  • “Purple Out” social media - Wednesday, October 7th. Purple is the official color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Wear purple and show your support for survivors. Take a photo of your best purple outfit and post it to social media and tag us - @ywcasv.
  • Parent & Caregiver Workshop @ 4:30 pm. Talking to youth about healthy relationships, myths and facts regarding teen dating violence.
  • The Little Blue Bubble - Friday, October 16, 11:30 am. Our Prevention Team will be presenting at the 27th Annual DV Conference on the hidden dangers our youth is facing when it comes to online relationships. Register here.
  • Week Without Violence (Sunday, October 18 - Saturday, October 24). YWCA has set aside one week in October as a Week Without Violence as a global movement with YWCAs across the country and around the world to end violence against women and girls.
  • Virtual Guided Self-Love Meditation - Tuesday, October 20, 6:00 pm. Be The Change Yoga will provide you a guided, self-love meditation. Register here.
  • Virtual Community Art Show - Thursday, October 22, 6:00 pm. We are asking local artist in our community to show us what a Week Without Violence means to them when it comes to our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. All ages are welcome to submit their work. For more information, contact Erica Wiley at ewiley@ywca-sv.org.
  • 30th Annual Inspire virtual Luncheon - Thursday, October 29, 12:00 - 1:30 pm. YWCA's annual Inspire Luncheon is a non-profit event to raise funds for survivors, while working to stop the cycle of violence. Special Guest Susan Rice, Former, US Ambassador to the United Nations. Register here.
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Break Time Monthly Challenge
The Break Time challenge invites you to consciously take a break from work each day during the month of October. We know that many of you have mandatory breaks but others may sometimes overlook breaks due to busy schedules and deadlines.

We challenge you to take at least one break a day (lunch does not count) to mentally recharge. Find a break buddy to go for a walk, grab a coffee or tea, or just have a chat. Stepping away from your desk for a few minutes a day can leave you feeling recharged and more productive when you return!

Note: Please ensure you are adhering to guidelines outlined in your Collective Bargaining Agreement and/or CSU policy.

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October is National
Popcorn Poppin' Month
According to the Popcorn Board, a national non-profit organization, October was chosen because "of the popcorn harvest which takes place each fall in the Midwest. Each year when the new crop is harvested, it reminds us popcorn will always be the naturally fun snack for the entire family. Popcorn Poppin' Month is the perfect time to celebrate popcorn."

Popcorn has changed the world as we know it. What was first used by Aztec Indians in the 16th century as decoration for ceremonial headdresses, necklaces, and ornaments on statues of their gods has now evolved into a beloved American snack. Americans consume some 14 billion quarts of this whole-grain snack. That is 43 quarts per person. M
ake a bowl and join the Popcorn Poppin’ Month celebration! Check out our popcorn recipes
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Flu shot and preventing seasonal flu
Millions of people get influenza (flu) every year. While it may be common, seasonal flu is a potentially serious disease. It can lead to hospitalization and even death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s why it’s recommended to get a flu vaccine (flu shot) every year to help protect yourself and your family.

COVID-19 and the flu will both be spreading this season, according to the CDC. Protecting yourself from the flu with a flu shot helps reduce your risk of serious illness and hospitalization. That’s important this year because there continue to be concerns about hospital capacity with the ongoing spread of COVID-19.

The flu vaccine can help:
  • Weaken or prevent the flu
  • Reduce the risk of having to go to the doctor with flu by 40 percent to 60 percent during seasons when the flu vaccine viruses are similar to circulating flu viruses
  • Preventing Colds and Flu podcast includes an overview of the common cold and flu symptoms, preventive measures, flu vaccination facts and myths.
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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.
Sharing my good news!
During these trying times, small businesses are hurting the most and many have gone out of business. I've been going to the same beauty salon for the past 15+ years. I know all the staff and have learned about their kids and families. They make me feel important when I walk in by greeting me with smiles and enthusiasm.

After a period of 6 months of shelter in place, the beauty salon finally opened for business. I was eager to go in and get some serious TLC from them! Upon paying for services, I asked my hairstylist to add a specific amount to my bill. First, she thought I was questioning the bill. I then explained to her that I wanted to add more to the bill. She was puzzled and asked me why. Told her that during the past 6 months, I was blessed to be gainfully employed but she did not work and did not earn any wages. And that I wanted to pay for my beauty services while the shop was closed. That was my gift to her to get back on her feet.

She exclaimed that “it is such a big gift” and her eyes teared up. Wish I could give her a sisterly hug but an elbow bump had to suffice. I was thinking that an act of kindness would make a small difference in her finances and her mood. I did not realize that the biggest impact was to my emotional well-being and mood that day and the rest of the week.

Farrah Foroushani,
Information Technology
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Employee Services Fair Coming Soon!

This virtual event is hosted by University Personnel and will showcase non-health vendors such as credit unions, gyms, dental offices, SJSU departments, and more. Mark your calendars now for this important employee event. The event will be held via Zoom and you may drop in at any time during the two-day event.

Wednesday October 21, 2020          
Join Zoom Meeting
ID: 81294319202
Password: 612509              


Thursday, October 22, 2020
Join Zoom Meeting
ID: 84312683874
Password: 222732

10:00am-1:00pm each day

Participating vendors include, but are not limited to : 
  • Bay Area Older Adults
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Provident Credit Union
  • SJSU EARC (Employee Accommodations Resource Center)
  • SJSU Staff Council
  • University Personnel Fee Waiver Coordinator
Please note: The health benefit vendors will not be in attendance.

Last Updated Aug 31, 2022