If your organization — church, community center, neighborhood association or other — values helping its members get and remain fit and healthy, consider leading 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 Classic is a free 12-week program that brings groups of people together to engage in regular physical activity while forming a social support group.
Classes can be held anywhere participants regularly meet, such as senior and community centers, worksites, faith-based organizations, or long-term care facilities.
Sites 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 incentives.
The physical activities used with the program are determined by the host and can include:
- Texercise DVD
- Chair yoga
- Fitness demonstration (e.g., Jazzercise)
- Walking groups
Texercise Classic provides incentives — handbooks, pedometers, resistance bands, t-shirts — to educate, motivate and recognize participants. While Texercise Classic 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.
Are you ready to host a program in your community? Call 1-800-889-8595 or email Texercise@dads.state.tx.us.
How to Get Your Program Up and Running
We have made it easy to start a program in your community. These steps and resources are designed to guide you during the program.
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.
Plan Your Program
Assess participant health
Before starting Texercise, participants should be encouraged to assess their current health status. The President's Challenge website includes an "Adult Fitness Test" to do this. However, no tool can replace a physician's assessment of an individual's health. Participants should consult their physician before beginning this or any exercise program.
Texercise Classic is flexible so it can be used by different types and sizes of organizations. Start by reviewing the resources available to you and deciding what fitness activities you will use. Options can include:
- Exercise classes (using the Texercise handbook)
- A combination of the above
Whether you lead Texercise in a park or indoors, make sure the location you choose is safe, accessible and can accommodate the number of participants you are expecting.
The Kick-off Event
The event doesn't have to be large or elaborate to be effective. The goal is to get people to commit to the program. Some things to do at your kick-off could include holding a:
- Fitness demonstration
- Nutrition discussion or speaker
- Healthy cooking demonstration
- Health fair
See "Ordering incentives" below to find out how to get free resources for this event.
Texercise provides free incentives for participants from kick off to completion thanks to the generosity of our partners.
Please keep in mind the motivational incentives offered to those participating in Texercise programs can change due to participant feedback or may rotate in order to encourage participants to continue the program year-round or a time in the future.
Order incentives 2 weeks before the launch, at the mid-point and end of your program to allow for shipping. Call 1-800-889-8595 or email Texercise@dads.state.tx.us to place your request and be sure to include the number of participants, sizes (if applicable) and your mailing address.
Launch event items include the Texercise handbook, pledge sheets and pedometers. Please email a copy of the completed Pedometer Sign-Up sheet to Texercise@dads.state.tx.us. It can also be mailed or faxed to: Texas Health and Human Services Commission, MC: W-616, Attention: Texercise, 701 West 51st St., Austin, TX 78751; fax: 512-438-4829
Mid-point incentive items vary by stock and can include resistance bands, water bottles, or stress balls.
Wrap-up/celebration items include t-shirts and certificates of completion.
Create Awareness for the Event
Your program will only be successful if you get participants, so you will need to get the word out.
Texercise provides online flyers that can be downloaded and personalized with your kick-off information. Posting these in prominent places can help create interest in the program and encourage participation.
You also may want to share the "High Cost of Inactivity" fact sheet with potential Texercisers to create awareness of the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle for a long-term quality of life.
Hold weekly gatherings as part of Texercise Classic to provide ongoing motivation for your participants. Weekly activities could include:
- Fitness demonstrations
- Brown bag lunches with fitness/nutrition discussions
- Exercise sessions using the Texercise DVD
At the end of Texercise Classic, hold a celebration to recognize participants' achievements and provide them with a Texercise Certificate of Achievement. If you hold a walk/run at the celebration event, offer participants a Texercise T-shirt.
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For technical assistance with the Texercise Classic program, and to request resources, contact Texercise, call 1-800-889-8595 or send email to Texercise@dads.state.tx.us.