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”.
July is UV Safety Month
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the main cause of skin cancer. UV rays can also cause wrinkles and blotchy skin. Skin cancer CAN be prevented! How?
- Adopt good habits like wearing sunscreen and limiting time in the sun;
- Learn and teach your children about the harmful effects of UV rays and why it is so important to protect themselves;
- Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.
- Cover up with long sleeves and a hat.
- Check your skin regularly for changes.
- Wear sun shades. UV rays can hurt your eyes.
- Treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancers increased by nearly 77% between 1992 and 2006.
- Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.
- One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
- Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer.
- Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer
- About 90% of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to UV rays.
- The International Agency for Research on Cancer, includes ultraviolet (UV) tanning devices in its list of the most dangerous cancer-causing substances.
- ONE indoor tanning session per year boosts the risk of basal cell carcinoma.
- Indoor tanners have a 69% increased risk of early-onset basal cell carcinoma.
- Ten minutes in a sunbed matches the cancer-causing effects of 10 minutes in the Mediterranean summer sun.
Educate and protect yourself from these preventable types of cancer!
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