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”.
April is National Stress Awareness Month
Stress Awareness month, which has been celebrated in April since 1992, is a time when health care professionals join forces to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our country’s stress epidemic. The month is set aside by The Health Resource Network (HRN), a non-profit health education organization, to let people know about the dangers of stress, how to cope with it, and harmful misconceptions about stress.
The American Psychological Association (APA) reports six myths about stress:
- Stress is the same for everyone. The fact is, stress is different for everyone. What may be stressful for one person may not be stressful for someone else.
- Stress is always bad for you. Some people think that having no stress in their life makes them happier and healthier. The ability to manage stress in your life makes you happy and healthy.
- Stress is everywhere, so you can’t do anything about it. Not true. Planning and prioritizing your life so you do not have stress everywhere you go enables you to deal with the stress you do have.
- The most popular techniques for reducing stress are the best ones. There is no stress reliever that is all-inclusive. We are all different. What may be a stress reliever for one person, may cause stress for someone else.
- No symptoms, no stress. Just because you do not realize you have stress, does not mean stress does not exist in your life. Sometimes medications camouflage stress.
- Only major symptoms of stress require attention. Minor symptoms of stress (headaches, stomach acid, etc.) may be early warning signs of more serious symptoms to come.
Managing stress starts with understanding the sources of stress in your life. Sometimes there are underlying causes of stress that are not easily recognizable. For example, you may think you are stressed about your job, but maybe it is not the job itself, but how you manage the duties of your job that are causing your stress. Look for those areas of your life where you can make changes to relieve some of the stress. You will be a healthier, happier person if you do.
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