Recreation and Wellness

Windham School District’s Recreation and Wellness department provides opportunities for staff and individuals in incarceration within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to improve their health and wellness.


The mission of the Recreation and Wellness Department is to improve the health and well-being of residents and staff by increasing self-awareness, education and health promotion activities that will encourage long-term healthy lifestyle changes.


The vision of the Recreation and Wellness department is to inspire individuals to develop a mindset of holistic growth.

Core Values

W – Winning wellness

E – Empowering and educating

L – Leading hearts and minds

L – Longevity

Providing Eight Dimensions of Wellness

Windham School District’s Recreation and Wellness department provides health and wellness opportunities for staff and residents based on the eight dimensions of wellness. The dimensions include:

  • Physical
  • Intellectual
  • Spiritual
  • Environmental
  • Occupational
  • Emotional
  • Financial
  • Social wellness

The Recreation and Wellness department also provides educational outreach and activities to residents encompassing the eight dimensions of wellness, with a focus on holistic well-being.

Wellness Through Physical Activity

The Recreation program, overseen by the Recreation and Wellness department, promotes resident wellness through physical activity as well as serving as a viable management tool for facility administrators.

Residents at each TDCJ and privately contracted facility are afforded the opportunity for prescribed amounts of daily recreation time. Approved exercise equipment and supplies are provided and maintained in gymnasiums, on outdoor recreation yards and in a variety of special recreation areas designed for residents who are in restrictive housing.

Structured Intramurals and Community Interaction

Television viewing and table games are provided in housing area dayrooms. Residents are also permitted to engage in basic arts and crafts activities, read books and magazines that are provided for sedentary purposes, or listen to FM radio programming.

Structured programs are also provided through intramurals, community interaction through recreational activities and craft shop participation where crafts are available for purchasing. Separate recreation plans are available to residents at facilities for treatment or youthful resident programs.

Other resources: 

Employee Retirement System

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Project School Wellness


National Wellness Institute

American College of Sports Medicine