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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.

2017 Chairman's Fitness Challenge

View additional information about the 2017 Chairman's Fitness Challenge for TDCJ and Windham employees, “The Eye of the Tiger is in you, Champ!”.

September is National Cholesterol Education Awareness Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), 71 million people in the United States have high cholesterol, and only 1/3 of the American adults who have high cholesterol have it under control.

Too much cholesterol in the blood can lead to heart disease. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States!

Although our bodies need the waxy, fat-like substance known as cholesterol, too much can build up on the walls of our arteries and form blockages, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. When detected and treated in early stages, these two diseases can be prevented. Since high cholesterol does not have symptoms, screening is the key to early detection and disease prevention. The National Cholesterol Education Program recommends that adults, aged 20 years or older, have their cholesterol checked every 5 years. But, it should be checked more frequently if any of the following apply:

  • Your total cholesterol is 200 mg/dL or higher;
  • You are a man over 45 or a woman over 50;
  • Your HDL cholesterol is lower than 40 mg/dL; or
  • You have other risk factors for heart disease and stroke.

You can prevent or treat high cholesterol by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and by not smoking. For additional information, see “Your Guide to Lowering Your Cholesterol and TLC” from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute!

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: 09/07/2017