San Leandro Unified
Employee Wellness
Newsletter
Welcome to Active April!
This month we're encouraging you to get active, get outdoors and take care of your body! Let's reap the benefits of getting our bodies moving and breathing more deeply as a result of exercising, laughing, and even singing! We don't all need to run marathons - there are simple things we can all do to take care of our bodies - for example unplugging from technology, getting outside and - importantly - making sure we get enough sleep!

Preventing Burnout
March Wellness Workshop Recap

If you missed our session last week on strategies to prevent burnout, here are the SLIDES and HANDOUT that were shared by our Claremont Employee Assistance (EAP) facilitator.

Don't forget that your EAP provides you and your family members with confidential, in-person, short-term counseling services - fully paid for by SLUSD. To access the counseling benefit or other EAP services, please contact Claremont at 800-834-3773 or click HERE.
How Forgiving are You?

Before starting the quiz, think about someone—a friend, a spouse, a family member, a co-worker—who has hurt you. Then respond as honestly as possible to the following 12 questions with that person in mind, indicating how much you agree or disagree with each statement. When you’re done, you’ll learn your score and what it suggests about your typical response when someone mistreats you.
SLUSD Retirement Seminar Video
Here's our presentation from March 16 for those who missed it.
 
Whether you are starting to plan or increasing contributions, this information helps you take the next steps to a financially sound retirement.

Set aside some time to watch, then start setting aside some money to be ready for the day you set sail on the adventure of your retirement years!
Staff Spotlight: Bancroft Middle School
Today those Broncos are coming together to add some endorphins to their hybrid learning preparations. What a great way to stave off stress as a staff! According to teacher/organizer Deanna Slaton, all you need is email reminders, a stopwatch, a music player, and some prizes. She's even offering a template flyer to any other schools who want to organize a similar event!

Share your SLUSD wellness stories with communications@slusd.us and spread the smiles!
SLUSD Pet of the Month
Muffin and Strawberry Oey

Thank you to Lydia Oey for sharing these sweeties with us! They look like quite the help in the kitchen!!

We want to see your pets and hear their stories! Send your photos to communications@slusd.us and share virtual ear scratches today!
Another Opportunity for Emotional Support
SLUSD is offering another opportunity for free counseling to our employees. See the flyer below to take advantage of three free sessions, but don't hesitate. There is a limited number of spots available.
Ready to feel Amazing? Get Hydrated!
Temperatures are heating up and we are getting outside more often. Spring is a great time to evaluate your water intake and add nature's power drink into your day!

Here are three quick tips to help you drink more water.
  1. Schedule it. Set a reminder alert on your phone to stand up and take a drink. Don't wait until you are thirsty.
  2. Chug a glass before every meal.
  3. Substitute water for your usual drinks - especially if those drinks are soda or coffee!
Learn why it’s important to take care of your hands when using your smartphone. 

Ecopsychology: How Immersion in Nature Benefits Your Health

A growing body of research points to the beneficial effects that exposure to the natural world has on health, reducing stress, and promoting healing.

How long does it take to get a dose of nature high enough to make people say they feel healthy and have a strong sense of well-being? Precisely 120 minutes per week.

As we head into spring break, click here to read more on the importance of getting into nature and find some near you today!
French Potato Salad

This salad is loaded up with fresh herbs – tarragon, parsley, and chives and dressed in the most flavorful Dijon Vinaigrette. It’s vegan, with no mayo, and quick and easy to make. Healthy and light!

Ingredients
 
  • 2 pounds fresh potatoes, sliced ¼-inch thick (little, thin-skinned potatoes work best here)
  • 2 tablespoons of sea salt
  • 2 large garlic cloves

Dijon Vinaigrette:
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Fresh Herbs:
  • ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, roughly chopped (or sub 1/4 cup dill or basil ribbons)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives (or sub green onions), minced
 
Instructions

Boil the Potatoes: 
Place the sliced potatoes in a large saucepan cover completely with cold water.  Sprinkle in salt and bring to a boil.  Add the 2 cloves of garlic, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes or until potatoes are just tender.

Make the Vinaigrette: 
While potatoes are simmering, make the vinaigrette by whisking together dijon, oil, vinegar, and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.

Assemble: 
Drain potatoes and garlic.  Place potatoes mostly single layer on a baking sheet to cool.  Mince the cooked garlic and add to the vinaigrette.  Drizzle the vinaigrette evenly over the warm potatoes.  Let sit at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes. 

Serve: 
Add to a serving bowl gently tossing with the chopped fresh herbs. Serve at room temp or refrigerate and chill.
Fluffy Key Lime Pie

For a taste of paradise, try this no-bake Key lime pie recipe. It's low in fat, sugar, and fuss.

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 package sugar-free lime gelatin
  • 2 cartons (6 ounces each) Key lime yogurt
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 reduced-fat graham cracker crust (9 inches)


Directions
  • In a large bowl, add boiling water to gelatin; stir for 2 minutes to completely dissolve. Whisk in yogurt. Fold in whipped topping. Pour into crust. Refrigerate, covered, until set, about 2 hours.
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