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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.

Employees are granted eight hours of administrative leave, for one annual physical.

2021 Get Fit Texas Challenge

As part of the agency’s mission to improve health and personal well-being in Texas, the Department of State Health Services, as well as the Employees Retirement System, will host the 2021 Get Fit Texas (GFT) State Agency Physical Activity Challenge. The purpose of this event is to encourage all state employees to be physically active for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week for ten weeks.  Employees must complete the minimum recommended level of physical activity (i.e., 150 minutes per week) for all ten weeks. The agency with the highest percentage of employees completing the program will be designated as the fittest state agency in Texas.

Mr. Collier has authorized eight hours of administrative leave for full time employees and four hours for part time employees who successfully complete all 10 weeks of the GFT challenge.  The Get Fit website will indicate that you can print out your completion certificate after six weeks, however, you will not receive the eight/four hours of administrative leave if you do not complete all 10 weeks.

The 2021 challenge will begin on January 11, 2021 and end on March 21, 2021.  All employees can use the GFT free online activity tracking tool to monitor their progress during the challenge, and it will allow employees to keep a record of their GFT physical activity to help stay motivated, accountable, and committed to an exercise routine.

Get Fit Texas challenge now ends on March 28, 2021.  The deadline was extended due to the severe weather last month.  Continue with your physical fitness and get your activities recorded in your online account. 

Participation is simple. You can register for the challenge beginning January 4, 2021, using the State Agency Challenge tab and follow the instructions to create a free 2021 profile on the Get Fit Texas website (  Once the program kicks off on January 11th, you log into the State Agency Challenge tracking system and report your physical activity online. You will need to submit your points every Monday. You may register and record your physical activities from your work computer, and for those employees who do not have internet access at work you may use your personal computer, public internet access, smart phone, IPad, or any other available access to the internet to register and record your physical activity.  Be sure to use your name as listed on the TDCJ Payroll and choose TDCJ as your state agency when creating your profile so that you will be counted as part of TDCJ’s team.  All participants must be registered by January 10, 2021.   Once registered, the State Agency Challenge software allows you to record your daily physical activity, view your exercise history, and take part in any challenges offered. 

If you have questions, you may contact me by phone at 936-437-4160, by mainframe email at RK00016, or by Outlook email at; or Angie Park at 936-437-4051, by mainframe email at  APA7925, or by Outlook email at

Visit for additional information and enrollment procedures.  Let’s make TDCJ the “Fittest State Agency in Texas.”

March is Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), taking care of your eyes can be a priority just like eating healthy and physical activity.   Here are some ways to keep your eyes comfortable when using a computer or laptop:  

  • Reposition your screen. Adjust your screen to be at a right angle away from direct light sources.
  • Don’t forget to blink. This helps to keep your eyes from getting dried out.  If necessary, use over the counter eye drops to help keep your eyes moisturized.
  • Drink Water. Staying hydrated can make big differences, especially during the colder months when heaters make the air dry.
  • The 20-20-20 rule. This rule reminds you that every 20 minutes, you should look at an object that is at least 20 feet away, for 20 seconds.

It is recommended that you receive a regular, comprehensive eye exam. Diabetes and high blood pressure can increase your risk for some eye diseases, like glaucoma.  If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, ask your doctor about steps you can take to manage your condition and lower your risk of vision loss.

- As the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine progresses, it is becoming more available to individuals throughout the state. To check availability in your area, go to the Texas Division of Emergency Management Vaccine Availability Dashboard at
Please remember, the vaccine is an excellent step in beating this pandemic, but we all must continue to stay diligent in our precautions.  

How healthy are you? 
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Fitness begins with awareness. All of the health plans offered through the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) provide tools that allow you to evaluate your current health status and give you tips on how to improve your health, if necessary.

If you are enrolled in HealthSelectSM of Texas, HealthSelect Out-of-State, HealthSelect Secondary, or Consumer Directed HealthSelect, you can get a pulse on your overall health by taking the OnMyWay Health Assessment through the Well onTarget® portal. You’ll answer a series of questions and the tool will identify what you are doing well as well what you could do better.

After you take the assessment, you’ll get a personal wellness report and recommendations in such areas as preventive health, managing stress and improving cholesterol, through the Well onTarget dashboard.

To log in to Well onTarget® and take the OnMyWay Health Assessment:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on “Log In” in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. If you already have a Blue Access for MembersSM account, log in. If you do not have an account yet, click “Register Now” and use your medical ID card to create an account.
  4. Once you’re logged in to Blue Access for Members, click “Well onTarget” under the Quick Links on the left.
  5.  If you’ve already registered for Well onTarget, you’ll be signed in automatically. If this is your first visit to Well onTarget, answer the questions to create your account.

If you have questions about how to log in to Well onTarget, or how to find the Health Assessment, call a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) Personal Health Assistant toll-free at (800) 252-8039 Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. CT.

If you are registered for Blue PointsSM, you will earn 2,500 points for completing your assessment (once per six months). Check with your benefits coordinator to see if your employer offers incentives for completing the assessment. Once you finish it, you can print a certificate.


The Community First Health Plans’ approach to wellness includes education and prevention. Participants can take an online health risk assessment. They’ll then get a personalized plan for making healthy lifestyle changes. Learn more.

Scott and White Health Plan (SWHP) participants can take an online wellness assessment and get a health improvement action plan. The goal: help participants best use the online lifestyle management programs that focus on many topics, including weight management and how to deal with stress.

Join ERS for a webinar to learn more about strategies to improve heart health on February 13th. Register at the ERS Wellness Events Calendar

Commit for Life

The Human Resources Division receives an award from the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.

Balancing Work and Family

Page updated: 03/25/2021