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.
Healthy Alternative Tidbit
When shopping, choose the reduced or low-fat version of a food if possible; and limit fast foods, chips, pastries, pies, etc.
2016 Chairman's Fitness Challenge
View additional information about the 2016 Chairman's Fitness Challenge for TDCJ and Windham employees, “Commit to be Fit”.
September is National Cholesterol Education Awareness Month
Although 1/3 of the American adults who have high cholesterol have it under control, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), 71 million people in the United States have high cholesterol. There are two kinds of cholesterol – high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). HDL is known as “good” cholesterol and LDL is called “bad” cholesterol. When talking about high cholesterol, the “bad” cholesterol is being referenced.
Our bodies need the waxy, fat-like substance known as cholesterol, but too much can build up on the walls of our arteries and form blockages which lead to heart attacks and strokes. One of the main risk factors for heart disease and stroke is having too much cholesterol in the blood. When detected and treated in the early stages, these two diseases can be prevented.
Since high cholesterol does not have symptoms, screening is the key to early detection and disease prevention. The National Cholesterol Education Program recommends that adults aged 20 years or older have their cholesterol checked every 5 years but it should be checked more frequently if any of the following apply:
- Your total cholesterol is 200 mg/dL or higher;
- You are a man over 45 or a woman over 50;
- Your HDL cholesterol is lower than 40 mg/dL; or
- You have other risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
You can prevent or treat high cholesterol by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and not smoking. For additional information, see “Your Guide to Lowering Your Cholesterol and TLC” from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
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