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.
Healthy Alternative Tidbit
When shopping, choose the reduced or low-fat version of a food if possible; and limit fast foods, chips, pastries, pies, etc.
2015 Chairman's Fitness Challenge
View additional information about the 2015 Chairman's Fitness Challenge for TDCJ and Windham employees, “From Touchdown to the World Series”.
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month
If left untreated, glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States, and the second leading cause of blindness in the world. There is currently no cure for the disease and vision lost cannot be regained, but with medication and/or surgery, it is possible to stop further loss of vision.
There are several types of glaucoma but the two main types are open-angle and angle-closure.
Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form and accounts for at least 90% of all glaucoma cases. It is caused by the slow clogging of the drainage canals which causes increased eye pressure. It develops slowly and is a lifelong condition with symptoms and damage that are not noticed.
Angle-closure glaucoma is a less common form and is caused by blocked drainage canals, but develops very quickly and has symptoms and damage that are very noticeable. This type of glaucoma requires immediate medical attention.
Everyone is at risk for glaucoma – from babies to senior citizens. Older people are at a higher risk but babies can be born with glaucoma and young adults can get glaucoma too.
You may have no symptoms of the disease, depending on the type of glaucoma you have, and there is typically no pain. The best way to protect your sight from glaucoma is to have regular eye exams. Your eyes should be tested every two to four years before age 40; from age 40 to 54, every one to three years; from age 55 to 64, every one to two years; and after age 65, every six to twelve months.
Diagnosing glaucoma is not always easy. Many factors are reviewed before making decisions about treatment for the disease, and you may need to be referred to a glaucoma specialist before a final treatment plan is established. The best deterrent to blindness due to glaucoma is to get regular eye exams, so if you have not had your eyes tested recently, make an appointment and follow the doctor’s advice if further testing is required for proper diagnosis or treatment.
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