April Employee Wellness Opportunities

Tuesday, April 2, 2024, 9:15am

TO: Sonoma State Employees
FR: Wellness Program, Payroll and Benefits

Vitalant Blood Drive
In partnership with SSU Student Involvement and Student Clubs, Vitalant will be hosting an on-campus blood drive on April 16, 2024. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2024
10am - 2pm
Denali Gym, Campus Recreation Center
Appointment Link
(appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are also welcome)

Wellness Webinars
We are excited to share this month’s wellness webinars offered by Kaiser Permanente. These webinars are open to all employees regardless of your health plan election. Webinars remain available on-demand for six months after the live stream (with the exception of the live Calm Meditation Sessions which are available only at the time of the event).

  • Financial Fitness
    Planning your future is negotiating between where you are now and where you want to be.

    April 24, 2024 (Noon - 1pm)

  • Bone Health and Osteoporosis
    Learn about the development of osteoporosis, how common it is and how to prevent it, treatment options, and busting myths.
    April 25, 2024 (12:30 - 1:30pm)

Calm Meditation Sessions  (5 live sessions offered)
15-minute de-stress exercises using the Calm app.  

  • April 22 - 26, 2024 (every day this week from 2 - 2:15pm)
    Join here at the time of event

Yoga Classes
Lunchtime yoga classes continue and are open to all experience levels. A great opportunity to meet employees from other units, while also taking a break to stretch and have a midday reset.

  • Mondays and Thursdays (12:05 - 12:55pm, Ives 80): Meditative Yoga with Jeanne Janae
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays (12:05 - 12:55pm, Ives 80): Yoga Flow with Kim Purdy

Mindfulness and Self-Care Classes
Please join our 30-minute virtual Mindfulness and Self-Care classes with Dr. Andy Wallace, SSU Philosophy professor (pre-registration required). Each class begins with a short description of mindfulness followed by a 15-20 minute mindfulness-based exercise and concludes with a poem. Dr. Wallace will also be available following the class for further discussion. 

“The benefits of mindfulness stem, I believe, from the role that it plays in the human caregiving system. Kindness, compassion, and love are the system’s core emotions, and unconditional acceptance of self and other is its raison d’etre. When we meditate mindfully we activate or elicit those emotions and learn to care authentically for ourselves in the same loving spirit as we authentically care for others.” - Dr. Andy Wallace (bio)

These mindfulness classes are held on Fridays from 12 - 12:30pm and will continue throughout the spring semester. Employees interested in attending are asked to please register in order to receive the zoom link for the class.

Additional information regarding our SSU Employee Wellness programs can be found here: https://hr.sonoma.edu/payroll/employee-wellness.