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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.


April is National Donate Life Month

According to, “Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine.  But despite continuing advances in medicine and technology, the need for organs and tissue is vastly greater than the number available for transplantation.  To date, 121,177 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants in the United States.”

Why be a donor?

  • Because you may save up to 8 lives through organ donation, while enhancing many others through tissue donation.
  • Last year alone, organ donors made more than 28,000 transplants possible. In addition, an estimated one million people received cornea and other tissue transplants that helped them recover from trauma, bone damage, spinal injuries, burns, hearing impairment and vision loss.
  • Unfortunately, thousands die every year waiting for a donor organ that never comes.

Although it is very important to make decisions about donating organs at the end of life, it is equally important to consider donating organs and partial organs while living.  Kidney donation is the most common organ donated by living donors, but other organs that can be donated include a lobe of a lung, partial liver, pancreas, or intestine.  This type of donation takes careful consideration, and typically those considered for living donations are between the ages of 18 and 60 years of age.

Take time this month to consider becoming an organ or tissue donor.  Lives will be saved because of this very important decision!

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: 04/01/2019