San Leandro Unified
Employee Wellness
Happier January
How can we start this new year happier? Things have certainly not been easy over the last year, and we are still in difficult and uncertain times. The best way to try to handle our difficult emotions and experiences is by focusing on what we can control. This month, we're encouraging everyone to focus on small steps to try to boost happiness - for ourselves and others around us - to spread kindness and hopefully inspire others to do the same.

Welcome "Tess" - the newest member of your Claremont Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Click here to download this flyer and give Tess a text today!
Name Your Savings
Giving our savings and investment accounts names that resonate emotionally can motivate us to contribute more.

If your resolutions include increased savings, see this quick article about what a difference naming those accounts can make. Read more...
SLUSD's Wellness Workshops start on January 28

As you read in our last newsletter, SLUSD is offering new, free opportunities every month for SLUSD employees to learn how to reduce stress and increase resilience.

Mark your calendar for our first workshop on Thursday, January 28 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at the following link:  

TOPIC: Introduction to Mindful Stress Management
This 1-hour workshop includes practical tips and strategies to manage stress,
particularly in this time of COVID-19. Review how stress impacts the body, brain, behavior, and better understand your unique relationship with stress. Learn evidence-based micro-practices, including mindfulness and breath work, that can help you deal with stress and calm the nervous system. Come, strengthen the health of your brain and body.

Facilitated by Claremont Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Certified Stress Mastery Educator and Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor Terre Passero.

Future sessions are as follows:

WHEN: Thursday, February 25 from 3:30-4:30
WHAT: Topic: Work/Life Balance

WHEN: Thursday, March 25 from 3:30-4:30
WHAT: Topic: Preventing Burnout

These sessions are limited to the first 100 participants to allow for interactivity, so make sure you get these on your calendar TODAY!
How to Use Immediate Gratification to Reach Long-Term Goals

New Year's resolutions don't have to be painful. Here's how to feel good about your 2021 goals.

If you’ve made some New Year’s resolutions, or set some annual goals for yourself, you might be wondering: Will I succeed this year? The real test will come when you’re stressed, or tired, or just plain unmotivated.

The Wonders of Winter Workouts

Exercising in colder temperatures offers many advantages! Read more here...
Cruise the FREE Coursera Catalog is an online learning platform that partners with more than 200 leading universities and companies to provide flexible and affordable (even FREE!) learning opportunities. What may of most interest to readers of this newsletter is the Personal Development courses, with topics related to happiness, health, work-life balance, and motivation.

Take a look at the catalog here and thank you to John Muir's Rob Picciotto for the suggestion!
Video Smile for January

This short video sent by one of our readers really summarizes how the past year has felt for many of us. Here's to better footing in 2021!
SLUSD Pet of the Month
Gilbert and Grover Martin

To spice up the COVID-style holiday season, SLHS Assistant Principal Victoria Martin and her partner took matters into their own hands and adopted two precious furballs from the local animal shelter. Victoria may have been thinking of her own wellness when she expanded her family, knowing that animals have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally, and physically beneficial to their companions. Wise move Martin!

We want to see your pets and hear their stories! Send your photos to and share the love and licks today!
Staff Spotlight: Bancroft Middle School

Bronco wellness expert Deanna Slaton shared her wellness self-care flowchart with an answer for everyone! Bancroft staffers put themselves through this process at one of their recent staff meetings, showing their commitment to keeping their community healthy and well.

If you have wellness excellence happening at your site, share the knowledge with the greater organization at Help keep us all #SLUSDstrong!
Fitness Blender has 597 FREE fitness videos
Yes, you read that right...597 FREE exercise videos! That means you could do a different video every day for almost two years! This husband and wife team has a stated goal of helping us live a better, happier, healthier life by making fitness approachable. With many videos created for those folks who get bored easily or don't time or equipment, this library may be a great resource for keeping those new year fitness goals.

Vegan Pecan Chili

Is trying a plant-based diet part of your resolutions for 2021? This recipe is perfect for a cozy one-dish dinner with leftovers for the rest of the week!

3 tablespoons vegetable oil
16 ounces button mushrooms, stems removed, wiped clean, and quartered
1 yellow onion, diced
1 large green bell pepper, seeds and ribs removed, diced
2 jalapeño peppers, seeds and ribs removed, finely minced
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
2 cups pecans (about 7 ounces), toasted, very finely chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 cinnamon stick
Two 15-ounce cans kidney beans drained and rinsed
One 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, with juice
2 cups vegetable stock (or vegetable broth, and cut the salt by half)
One 15-ounce can tomato sauce
One 1-ounce package dried mushrooms (whatever is cheapest), pulverized in a blender
1 tablespoon kosher salt

In a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat, heat the oil and add the fresh mushrooms. Cook, stirring only once, until browned, about 6 minutes.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot. Scrape the bottom of the pot and stir to incorporate. Simmer until the vegetables and nuts are soft, about 30 minutes. Let cool. Refrigerate overnight.
Immunity-Boosting Shots
Mega cold and flu busters to help make you feel better fast!

  • 1 navel or valencia oranges
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger root
  • 1-inch piece fresh turmeric root
  • pinch black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coconut or oregano oil

1. Peel oranges (removing seeds and white pith), ginger, and turmeric root. 
2. Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until pureed. If needed, add more orange juice to achieve the correct consistency. 
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