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Employee Wellness

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The Sacramento State Employee Wellness Program is a series of instructor-led classes and self-guided activities offered to all Sac State employees, including emeritus, free of cost. Learning & Development administers this program, including the registration, coordination of instructors, and space reservation.

The Office of Human Resources seeks to ensure that our events are inclusive and that all attendees are able to fully participate. Employees who may require a reasonable accommodation to participate in the workshop should email their request to no later than five (5) business days prior to the event.

Note to Auxiliaries: If you are an auxiliary employee (UEI, ASI, UnionWell, Capital Public Radio, etc.), please be advised there may be a fee for you to attend some O&LD events/workshops. Details are included on appropriate event/workshop registration screen and you must ensure that the fee is approved by your supervisor or department before registering. If you have questions, please contact O&LD at

Virtual Calming Room

This Virtual Calming Room is a place for employees and families to find tools and strategies for managing emotions and feeling with the hope to build our resilience. We are committed to providing tools and strategies for your self-care.

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Dance Classes

We are pleased to offer classes covering three dance styles throughout the spring semester. These instructor-led dance classes offer a safe and supportive space to learn new dance moves and have fun while breaking a little sweat. Each week will be dedicated to learning a particular dance style, and history will come alive for participants as it is woven through dance and music. All classes are taught at the beginner level, and participants are not required to have their cameras on. Feel free to come to class as your schedule allows, and drop-ins are always welcome! Instructor Maria Muganzo, our campus Planetarium Coordinator, began dancing at age six and has a background of competitive choreography and creating community dance spaces.

Dances to Honor African American History Month - February
During week one, learn the basics of Afro Hip Hop; week two, participate in traditional African dance; week three is devoted to Reggaeton; and week four wraps up with Soca. Classes taught weekly during February on each Tuesday and Wednesday.

Dances to Honor Women's History (Herstory) Month - March
March’s class honors women’s role in music and dance, and will feature dance styles and music created by women and self-identified women. Classes taught every other week in March on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Tour Africa through Dance: The African Diaspora - April
This class will be an engaging tour of Africa through music and dance. Classes taught every other week in April on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Yoga (Yoga-based Asana Postures and Stretching)

Live, instructor-led wellness class to support the body both mentally and physically. Employees will be guided through a gentle half-hour of yoga movements and asana postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques. Participants of all yoga levels are welcome to join our campus yoga community. Feel free to come to class as your schedule allows, and drop-ins are always welcome! Instructor Jennifer Park, DPT, is a Pediatric Physical Therapist, faculty member in Kinesiology, and long-time yoga teacher. Taught Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 2 – May 6, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Meditation and Relaxation

Sometimes we just need some down time in which we can relax away our thoughts and cares. We’ve scheduled three special meditation and relaxation sessions throughout the spring semester to help you do just that. Live, instructor-led sessions will take you into deep, deeper, and deepest relaxation. Taught on February 17, March 17, April 21, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Wellness Circle - Mindfulness

This semester’s Wellness Circle focuses on mindfulness. We will use the "Mindfulness for Beginners" podcast by mindfulness pioneer and author Jon Kabat-Zinn on LinkedIn Learning as the foundation for our learning. Wellness Circle discussions will be facilitated by Dr. Urvashi Mulasi, Nutrition faculty and Director of the Dietetics program, who has studied and practiced mindfulness for many years, including with Jon Kabat-Zinn. Topics will include awareness of the mind and heart, being present, non-judging, acceptance and letting go, eating meditation, body awareness, and many others. Wellness Circle will meet on February 4, March 4, and April 1, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Limited to 30 participants.

Wellness Circle: Mindfulness - Flier

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Sac State Steps Together

Walking is considered to be one of the best forms of exercise for the body. During the months of March and April, join your colleagues in our employee walking program Sac State Steps Together. The intent of Sac State Steps Together is a gradual increase in steps per day in a healthy, practical, and safe way. Spring’s cohort will meet on an ongoing basis throughout March and April to stay connected and learn techniques to transform daily strolling into focused exercise. The cohort will also be working to build endurance as preparation to walk the WELL's 13th Annual 5K at the end of April.

For schedule specifics, logistics, and registration, click on the button below.

Offerings from The WELL

Did you know that the WELL continues to offer employees high-quality programming? Employees missing their gym experience are welcome to sign up for the Faculty and Staff Program Pass, which allows daily reservations to access the Outdoor Fitness Gym and Outdoor Group Fitness Classes including Pilates, Zumba, Core Workouts, Cycling, Yoga, Barre Fusion, and many others. For more information or to register, click on the button below.

The WELL also administers Open Swim in the Yosemite Hall pool on campus, and they have made Open Swim free for all faculty and staff. The campus pool is heated in winter months. For more information or to register, click on the button below.

Wellness Webinars - Survival Kit for the New Norm

In this series of one-hour webinars, participants will learn ways to address wellness during uncertainty, including tips on fighting the "Quarantine 15," defeating sleepless nights, combatting stress, and coping with anxiety during the holidays. The buttons below will open to individual fliers which contain links to register for each webinar.