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.
2016 Chairman's Fitness Challenge
View additional information about the 2016 Chairman's Fitness Challenge for TDCJ and Windham employees, “One Step at a time…Stay Focused”.
February is American Heart Month
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, one in four deaths are caused by heart disease. February is the month to raise awareness about heart disease and educate people on how to prevent it.
Controlling your blood pressure is very important in preventing heart disease. High blood pressure puts extra stress on your heart and if your blood pressure is always high, you are at a higher risk for heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and other health problems. In addition to lifestyle changes, eating a heart-healthy diet and limiting your salt intake will also help to control your blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease.
There are several symptoms of heart disease that you should watch for. Learn to recognize the symptoms and call your doctor or 911 if you experience these symptoms:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Palpitations (irregular heartbeats or a “flip-flop” feeling in your chest)
- A faster heartbeat
- Weakness or dizziness
- Pain, discomfort, pressure or heaviness in the chest or arm
- Discomfort radiating to the back, jaw, throat, or arm
- Fullness, indigestion, or choking feeling
- Extreme weakness or shortness of breath
If you think you are having a heart attack, DO NOT DELAY. Call for emergency help (dial 911 in most areas). Immediate treatment of a heart attack is very important to lessen the amount of damage to your heart.
You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk, watch your weight; quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke; control your cholesterol and blood pressure; if you drink, drink in moderation only; get active and eat healthy!
Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
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