San Jose State University

University Personnel presents health and
well-being tips for the campus community.
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November Awareness Month:  Diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Dementia

More than 1 in 3 Americans have prediabetes and  90% of them don’t even know it. The good news is most cases of type 2 diabetes are preventable. Balanced living and healthy lifestyle changes can reverse type 2 diabetes.

Keep your weight in check
Excess weight is the primary cause of type 2 diabetes. If you’re overweight, losing just 7%–10% of your current weight can cut your risk in half. Maintaining a healthy weight can help prevent other health problems, including heart disease and certain types of cancer.

Be carb-smart
Limit sugar and refined carbohydrates like white bread, pasta, and rice. Focus on high-fiber, whole-grain complex carbohydrates which are digested more slowly, and can keep your blood sugar steady.

Stay active to stay healthy
Inactivity promotes type 2 diabetes, so regular exercise is essential. You don’t have to spend hours sweating in the gym to get the benefits. Walking briskly for 30 minutes a day can reduce your risk by up to 30%.

Diabetes Prevention Program for Kaiser members only
Omada is a personalized lifestyle change program designed to help you make gradual changes to the way you eat, move, sleep and manage stress. 
Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) provides support, services and education to individuals, families and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias nationwide, and fund research for better treatment and a cure.

Local resources-Northern California Chapter
  • Educational Programs
  • Support Groups
  • Social Engagement Programs
  • Learn more
Please be sure to review:  REVISED Social Distancing Protocols in accordance with the updated guidelines from Santa Clara County. 
Rebecca Ochoa
Counselor for Faculty and Staff 
Feeling anxious about the election results? Worried this pandemic may never end? Contact Rebecca Ochoa, SJSU's dedicated

counselor for faculty and staff. Rebecca comes to us from Empathia, our EAP (Employee Assistance Program) provider.
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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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On June 1, we welcomed our son Wyatt Jackson Alpers to the family. Current hobbies include eating his hands, batting at toys overhead, giggling whenever his four-year-old sister enters the room. While being pregnant and giving birth during a global health pandemic had its challenges, he has been a breath of fresh air during a tumultuous time.

He and his sister remind me every day why I work so hard to tell the stories of Spartans--because it is our grit, compassion and drive for knowledge that enriches the community. Looking forward to the day I can safely take both kids to campus!

Julia Halprin Jackson,
Office of the President

November Challenge
“Hard Times”

The Hard Times challenge invites you to donate non-perishable food to a charity. You could complete this challenge by donating a can of soup or dried goods, but why not make it more than that? Giving touches not only the person receiving, but will also warm your heart in a miraculous way. When selecting the items to donate, think about what you would want if someone was gifting you with a bag of groceries.

Not sure where to donate? There are food banks, schools, and charitable organizations in your local community that would appreciate the extra help. So whether you are looking in your pantry or picking up a few extra items at the grocery store….we challenge you to give to those that are less fortunate.

Here are a few suggestions:

National Fun with Fondue Month

The term fondue derives from the French word for "melted." It was the Swiss, in promoting their national cheese industry, who helped to popularize this communal dish where diners used long, small forks to coat or cook their portions of food, one tiny bite at a time!

Whether your preference is breads dipped in cheese, meats cooked in oil, or fruit dipped in melted chocolate, consider creating a Fun Family Fondue Party during the holidays.

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Informational Sessions

  • Landed Information Sessions: Home buying assistance through shared equity down payment program
  • Housing Trust Silicon Valley Home Buyers Webinar: November 10th is rescheduled to February 16, 2021 from 1:00 - 2:30pm. Register here
Online Training Opportunities
Additional Resources

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San Jose, CA 95192

Last Updated Aug 31, 2022