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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.

Employees are granted eight hours of administrative leave, for one annual yearly physical.


2019 Get Fit Texas! Challenge

The 2019 Get Fit Texas! (GFT) State Agency Challenge is here.  As part of this agency’s wellness initiatives, TDCJ will participate in the challenge. The purpose of this event is to encourage all state employees to be physically active for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week for 10 weeks.  To successfully complete this challenge, employees must complete the minimum recommended level of physical activity (i.e., 150 minutes per week) for all 10 weeks.


February is American Heart Month

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Offices of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.  Every year, one in four deaths are caused by heart disease.  February is the month to raise awareness about heart disease and educate people on how to prevent it.

Controlling your blood pressure is very important in preventing heart disease.  High blood pressure puts extra stress on your heart and if your blood pressure is always high, you are at a higher risk for heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and other health problems.  In addition to lifestyle changes, eating a heart-healthy diet and limiting your salt intake will also help to control your blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease.

There are several symptoms of heart disease that you should watch for.  Learn to recognize the symptoms and call your doctor or 911 if you experience these symptoms:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Palpitations (irregular heartbeats or a “flip-flop” feeling in your chest)
  • A faster heartbeat
  • Weakness or dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Pain, discomfort, pressure or heaviness in the chest or arm
  • Discomfort radiating to the back, jaw, throat, or arm
  • Fullness, indigestion, or chocking feeling
  • Extreme weakness or shortness of breath

If you think you are having a heart attack, DO NOT DELAY.  Call for emergency help (dial 911 in most areas).  Immediate treatment of a heart attack is very important to lessen the amount of damage to your heart.

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease.  Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.  To lower your risk, watch your weight; quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke; control your cholesterol and blood pressure; if you drink, drink in moderation only; and get active and eat healthy!      

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: 02/01/2019