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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.


January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

According to the World Health Organization, Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world with an estimated 60 million suspected cases worldwide. According to, there are several key facts and statistics related to the disease:

  1. If left untreated, Glaucoma is the primary cause of blindness.

  2. Currently, there is no cure and lost vision cannot be regained. However, with medication and/or surgery, it is possible to prevent additional vision loss. Diagnosis is the first step to protecting your vision.

  3. Everyone, unfortunately, is at risk for Glaucoma. From infants to senior citizens, this is a disease that does not discriminate. African Americans, along with people over the age of 60, diabetics, family members of diagnosed patients, and those who are severely nearsighted, are at a greater risk of being diagnosed with Glaucoma.

  4. There may be no symptoms. There is typically no pain associated with increased eye pressure, so the best way to protect your vision is to get tested for Glaucoma; the most effective testing method for Glaucoma is a “dilated eye exam.”

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: 01/14/2019