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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.

2017 Chairman's Fitness Challenge

View additional information about the 2017 Chairman's Fitness Challenge for TDCJ and Windham employees, “The Eye of the Tiger is in you, Champ!”.

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

The pancreas is about six inches long and is shaped like a pear lying on its side. It is found behind the stomach and in front of the spine.  Its main job is to make enzymes which help digest foods, and hormones such as insulin and glucagon which control blood sugar levels.  It helps the body use and store the energy it gets from food.

Pancreatic Cancer occurs when a malignant tumor forms in the pancreas.  This cancer affects men and women equally.  Although chances of getting this cancer increase from the age of 45, the average age at diagnosis is 72. There are two main types of pancreatic cancer – exocrine tumors which make up about 90% of the cancers and endocrine tumors which are much less common. Symptoms of the cancer can include jaundice, significant and unexplained weight loss, abdominal pain, persistent pain in the upper abdomen that radiates to the back that is relieved by leaning forward, back pain, new-onset diabetes not associated with weight gain, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, and pain when eating.

Although the exact causes of this cancer are not known, it is thought that, among others, age, smoking, obesity, workplace exposure to certain chemicals (pesticides, dyes, and chemicals used in metal refining), and a family history of the cancer increases a person’s risk.  Not all risk factors for pancreatic cancer can be changed, but we should change those risk factors that we can, since this cancer is hard to find early.  For more information on pancreatic cancer go to

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

Page updated: 11/10/2017