Welcome to the TDCJ Wellness Initiative Now
Wellness Initiative Now is the wellness program for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. It was implemented to promote personal well-being, fitness, and nutrition for all TDCJ employees.
2018 Physical Activity Challenge
View additional information about the August/September 2018 Physical Activity Challenge for TDCJ and Windham employees, “A Mile a Day!”.
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
The pancreas, which is about six inches long and shaped like a pear lying on its side, is found behind the stomach and in front of the spine; its main job is to make enzymes to help digest foods and hormones, such as insulin and glucagon, which control blood sugar levels. It helps the body store and use the energy it gets from food.
Pancreatic Cancer may occur when a malignant tumor forms in the pancreas; this cancer affects men and women equally. Chances of being diagnosed increase from the age of 45, however the average age at diagnosis is 72.
There are two main types of pancreatic cancer: exocrine, which makes up about 90% of diagnoses, and endocrine which is much less common. Symptoms may include jaundice, significant and unexplained weight loss, abdominal pain, persistent pain in the upper abdomen that radiates to the back that is relieved by leaning forward, back pain, new-onset diabetes not associated with weight gain, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, and pain when eating.
Although the exact causes of this cancer are unknown, it is thought that age, smoking, obesity, workplace exposure to certain chemicals, and a family history of pancreatic cancer can increase a person’s risk. Not all risk factors can be eliminated, but we should practice healthy habits to reduce the risk factors since this cancer can be difficult to detect. For more information on pancreatic cancer, please visit https://pancreaticcanceraction.org/.
Physical Activity Guidelines
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released new physical activity guidelines for Americans.
Commit for Life
The Human Resources Division receives a "Path for Success" award from the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.
Balancing Work and Family
Page updated: 11/01/2018