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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.

June is Men's Health Month

According to, men die at higher rates from stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, and cancer, so it’s important for them to be aware of the signs and exercise, eat healthy, and get regular check-ups and age-appropriated screenings.

Warning signs:

  • Changes in bowel or bladder habits can be an indication of prostate or bladder problems. Blood in the urine is a common indicator of kidney problems.

  • Persistent backaches, changes in urine color or stool, unusual lumps, recurrent chest pains or headaches, unexplained weight loss, and extreme fatigue are symptoms of a serious health problem.

  • Depression - men are four times likely to commit suicide.  Some symptoms are being overly anxious, trouble sleeping, complaining of feeling sad or “empty” or helpless, engaging in unusual risky behavior, and losing interest in hobbies.

  • Osteoporosis is under-diagnosed in men.  This disease causes bones to become fragile and likely to break, leading to disability or death.

  • Breast cancer - Each year, nearly 400 men die of breast cancer. The symptoms are often confused with sports or work injury because it is less likely recognized and it is often not diagnosed until after the disease has spread.

Suggested Health Screenings: Recommended by leading health organizations.

In their 20s:
• A complete physical every three years • Check blood pressure every year • Screening for cancers of the thyroid, testicles, lymph nodes, mouth, and skin every three years • Cholesterol test for total, LDL, and HDL (the good kind) every three years • Testicular self-exam every month.

In their 30s, all of the above, except:

• A complete physical every two years

In their 40s, all of the above, plus:

• A baseline prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test and digital rectal exam (DRE) (every year if in a high-risk group). • Cancer tests every year • A stool test (for colon and rectal cancers) every year.

Starting at age 50, all of the above, plus:

• A sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy (for colon cancers) every three to four years or as recommended by your health care provide • A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and digital rectal exam (DRE) test every year.


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: 06/08/2018