2014 Chairman's Fitness Challenge
To: All Employees
I am excited to announce that it is time to kick off the 2014 Chairman’s Fitness Challenge for TDCJ and Windham employees. This year’s activities include four challenge quarters with a requirement to increase points as the challenge progresses. Our theme for the year is “Getting Fit along the Road to Sochi 2014,” in honor of the upcoming winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Typically, we are less active in the winter months and the result is that we get out of shape. It then becomes more difficult to motivate ourselves in the spring and summer to get back on track with a fitness program. The 2014 challenge is designed to motivate you to stay in shape during the upcoming winter months, then to stay on course for the remainder of the year. As an added incentive, we will be providing weekly “healthy alternative tips” to encourage successful completion of each challenge. Just like last year’s challenge, administrative leave will be awarded each quarter to every employee who completes that quarter’s challenge in its entirety. Each quarter will consist of a two-week signup period followed by a six-week challenge.
The kick-off challenge “Begin the Journey to Sochi 2014,” requires employees to earn 200 points per week for successful completion. This event is designed to encourage all employees to engage in physical fitness activities and to encourage participation agency wide. Registration for the first challenge will be Monday, September 9, 2013 through Friday, September 20, 2013. The challenge will begin Monday September 23, 2013 and end Sunday, November 3, 2013.
Just like the 2013 challenge, I have set a weekly minimum goal of 2,500 points for myself! I would like to challenge those of you who can, to join me in the Chairman’s Special Platinum Challenge for achieving 2,500 points each week. Back again this year is the Chairman’s Gold Challenge requiring 1,000 points weekly for successful completion in this category. Use any of the activities on the Exercise Equivalents chart to reach the goal. A special recognition will be given to those who meet these goals each week of the challenge.
The second quarter challenge, “Compete in the Quest for a Sochi Medal,” requires earning 225 points per week to successfully complete the quarter. For the third quarter challenge, “The Competition Continues,” 250 points are required for successful completion. The fourth quarter challenge, “Countdown to the Closing Ceremony,” will require participants to reach 275 points weekly.
Participants will use the 2014 Chairman’s Fitness Challenge Exercise Equivalents chart to report points to your Wellness Representative and may use any physical activity, or a combination of activities listed on the chart to reach the weekly goal. Remember, the primary goal of the Chairman’s Fitness Challenge is to encourage people to participate in regular physical activity to improve overall health.
Chairman, Texas Board of Criminal Justice