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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 yearly physical.


2019 Get Fit Texas! Challenge

The 2019 Get Fit Texas! (GFT) State Agency Challenge is here.  As part of this agency’s wellness initiatives, TDCJ will participate in the 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 10 weeks.  To successfully complete this challenge, employees must complete the minimum recommended level of physical activity (i.e., 150 minutes per week) for all 10 weeks.


May is National Mental Health Month

Are you staying mentally healthy?

Mental Health America (MHA),, is the country’s leading mental health non-profit organization that focuses on those living with mental illness and promoting mental health wellness.  On a daily basis, your emotions, thoughts, and attitudes affect your energy, productivity, and overall health, and having good mental health strengthens your ability to cope with everyday issues and challenges.  Although we cannot avoid life’s challenges and strife that is thrown at us, how you handle it is key to good mental health.  Below are some simple, effective tips that you can use to support your mental health:

  • Drink a Cup of Coffee. Coffee is linked to low rates of depression. If you can’t drink coffee, try another good-for-you drink like green tea.

  • Need a Getaway, Adventure? Try something out of your comfort zone, plan a vacation.  Having something to look forward to can boost your happiness for up to 8 weeks.

  • Work on your strengths. Do something you’re good at to build self-confidence, then tackle something tougher.

  • A cool good night’s sleep. The ideal temperature for sleep is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Laughter. Watch a funny movie or hang out with a funny friend.  Laughter helps reduce anxiety.

  • Dance. Dancing reduces levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), and it increases endorphins (the body’s “feel-good” chemicals).

  • Time with our beloved animal friends. This lowers the stress hormone - cortisol and boosts oxytocin - the feeling of happiness.

  • Practice forgiveness. It’s reported that people who forgive have better mental health and are more satisfied with their lives.

  • Take a 30 minute walk in nature. Research shows being in nature can increase energy levels, reduce depression, and boost well-being.

  • Thank you notes. Let someone know why you appreciate them. Written expressions of gratitude are linked to increased happiness.

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: 05/01/2019