If your organization — church, community center or neighborhood association — values helping its members get and remain fit and healthy, consider hosting a Texercise program.
Everything you need — program materials, incentives and recognition materials — is provided free of charge to you and your participants.
All you have to do is provide the location and the enthusiasm.
Texercise offers two free programs (Classic and Select) that brings groups of people together to engage in regular physical activity while forming a social support group.
Texercise provides reinforcement items to both Classic and Select participants — handbooks, pedometers, resistance bands, t-shirts — to educate, motivate and recognize participants. While Texercise encourages all age groups to engage in healthy activities, the incentives offered are for people 45 years and older or people who have a disability.
Texercise Classic is a free 12-week program with classes held anywhere participants regularly meet, such as senior and community centers, worksites, faith-based organizations, or long-term care facilities.
Organizations and individuals interested in hosting Texercise Classic will receive a coordinator kit that contains step-by-step instructions for leading the classes and how to order the associated reinforcement items.
The physical activities used with the program are determined by the host and can include the exercises in the Texercise handbook and DVD.
Are you ready to host a Texercise Classic? Call 1-800-889-8595 or email Texercise@hhsc.state.tx.us.
Texercise Select is a free 10-week evidence-based program that consists of two, 90 minute sessions each week. Organizations and individuals interested in providing Texercise Select classes must have at least one certified facilitator to be eligible to host the program. To become a certified facilitator, interested individuals must take the online training and pass the training test with a score of 80 or higher. Once certified the facilitator will receive the Texercise Select Facilitator Manual that contains step-by-step instructions for leading the sessions and information on how to order reinforcement items.
The physical activities used with Texercise Select are provided in the Texercise handbook and DVD. Various combinations of these exercises can be used for each session but exercises utilized must come from these resources.
Are you ready to host Texercise Select? Take the online training to become a certified Texercise Select facilitator.
Texercise Select meets the Administration for Community Living criteria for evidence-based programs. Read about the findings from the 2012 and 2015 research evaluations in the articles cited below.
Texercise also has some other useful resources for Classic and Select programs including:
Walking Trail Toolkit
Research shows that adapting your community's physical environment to provide access to exercise will increase your resident’s physical activity. Texercise offers the Texercise Walking Trail Toolkit to help communities develop places for residents to be active. The toolkit provides valuable information on both indoor and outdoor trails, site location, promoting trail use and much more.
Also available in PDF format:
For technical assistance with the Texercise Classic and Select programs, and to request resources, contact Texercise, call 1-800-889-8595 or email Texercise@hhsc.state.tx.us.