2015 Chairman's Fitness Challenge
To: All Employees
It is that time again! Time to kick off the 2015 Chairman’s Fitness Challenge for TDCJ and Windham employees. Our theme for the year is “From Touchdown to the World Series.” The focus for the first two quarters will be football with the second quarter taking us to the Super Bowl. The third and fourth quarters will have a baseball theme and carry us through most of the baseball season.
As with previous challenges, the 2015 challenge is designed to motivate you to stay in shape during the upcoming winter months, then to stay on course for the remainder of the year. We will continue with the weekly “healthy alternative tips” to encourage successful completion of each challenge. Just like last year’s challenge, administrative leave will be awarded each quarter to every employee who completes that quarter’s challenge in its entirety. Each quarter will consist of a two-week signup period followed by a six-week challenge.
The kick-off challenge, “First Quarter Football Frenzy,” requires employees to earn 200 points per week for successful completion. This event is designed to encourage all employees to engage in physical fitness activities and to encourage participation agency wide. Registration for the first challenge will be Monday, September 15, 2014 through Friday, September 26, 2014. The challenge will begin Monday September 29, 2014 and end Sunday, November 9, 2014.
Just like the 2014 challenge, I have set a weekly minimum goal of 2,500 points for myself! I would like to challenge those of you who can, to join me in the Chairman’s Special Platinum Challenge for achieving 2,500 points each week. Back again this year is the Chairman’s Gold Challenge requiring 1,000 points weekly for successful completion in this category. Use any of the activities on the Exercise Equivalents chart to reach the goal. A special recognition will be given to those who meet these goals each week of the challenge.
The second quarter challenge, “Countdown to the Super Bowl” requires earning 225 points per week to successfully complete the quarter. For the third quarter challenge, “Play Ball!,” 250 points are required for successful completion. The fourth quarter challenge, “Countdown to the World Series,” will require participants to reach 275 points weekly.
Participants will use the 2015 Chairman’s Fitness Challenge Exercise Equivalents chart to report points to your Wellness Representative and may use any physical activity, or a combination of activities listed on the chart to reach the weekly goal. Remember, the primary goal of the Chairman’s Fitness Challenge is to encourage people to participate in regular physical activity to improve overall health.
Determination, willpower, and consistency are essential to a successful exercise and nutrition program so I want to encourage all employees to commit to the challenge and to the goal of a healthier lifestyle. Commit to successful completion of the challenge, “From Touchdown to the World Series”. You will be healthier for your effort!
Chairman, Texas Board of Criminal Justice