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Statewide Agency Wwellness Program

Click the link below to contact the Statewide Wellness Coordinator so you can sign up for our state agency wellness emails!
brett.spencer@dshs.state.tx.us



The Building Healthy Texans* web site is the source for Texas state agency leaders and wellness planners to find resources to create an effective and sustainable wellness program for their agency. This site includes guidance, statistics, model activities, policy templates, and other resources to support state agency wellness initiatives. The content of the site was developed specifically to make the work of agency wellness liaisons and wellness planners as easy and effective as possible.

This site focuses on seven objectives as priorities for state agency wellness programs to address:
  • Increasing the use of preventive screenings and services,
  • Improving healthy eating among employees,
  • Increasing physical activity among employees,
  • Improving tobacco prevention and cessation policies and benefits,
  • Improving stress management among employees,
  • Increasing the use of Employee Assistance Program benefits,
  • Improving support for breastfeeding mothers.
These seven objectives have been shown by research and practice to address the health conditions, risks and lifestyle factors that harm state agencies in terms of direct health care costs; reduced productivity and employee turn over. These objectives should be the primary focus of wellness programs implemented within Texas state agencies.

Agencies that have addressed these wellness objectives and seek to expand their program may consider other objectives that effect employee health, safety, morale and productivity. The Statewide Wellness Coordinator and partners in DSHS and other state agencies will continue to identify new activities and resources to grow the Building Healthy Texans Wellness Program.
Preventive Health Screenings Legislative History
 
Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Business Case
 
Physical Activity Getting Started
 
Wellness Activities Wellness Activities
 
Wellness Resources Wellness Resources
 
Wellness Resources Frequently Asked Questions
 
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* “Building Healthy Texans” is a registered service mark of Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) and is used by DSHS with permission of HCSC for the DSHS’ State of Texas Employee Wellness Program.