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 offers organizations and communities two free programs (Classic and Select) that brings groups of people (45 and older) together to engage in regular physical activity while forming a social support group.
Texercise provides incentives 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 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 organization hosting and can be a variety of activities including the exercises in the Texercise DVD and line dancing.
Are you ready to host a program in your community? 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 interested in providing Texercise Select classes must have at least one certified facilitator in order 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 at least 80 or higher. Once certified the facilitator will receive the Texercise Select Facilitator Manual that contains step-by-step instructions for leading each session and information on how to order the associated incentives.
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? Call 1-800-889-8595 or email Texercise@hhsc.state.tx.us.
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.
- Ory MG, Smith ML, Howell D, Zollinger A, Quinn C, Swierc SM and Stevens AB (2015) The conversion of a practice-based lifestyle enhancement program into a formalized, testable program: from Texercise Classic to Texercise Select. Front. Public Health 2:291. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2014.00291
- Smith, M.L., Ory, M.G., Jiang, L. et al. Texercise Select effectiveness: an examination of physical activity and nutrition outcomes Behav. Med. Pract. Policy Res. (2015) 5: 433. doi:10.1007/s13142-014-0299-3
- Akanni OO, Smith ML, Ory MG. Cost-Effectiveness of a Community Exercise and Nutrition Program for Older Adults: Texercise Select. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2017; 14(5):545.
- Ory, M. G., Lee, S., Han, G., Towne, S. D. Jr., Quinn, C., Neher, T., Stevens, A. B., & Smith, M. L. (2018). Effectiveness of a lifestyle intervention on social support, self-efficacy, and physical activity among older adults: Evaluation of Texercise Select. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, (in-press).
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, encourage participants to assess their current fitness level using the three fitness levels described on pages 8 and 9 of the Texercise handbook.. No tool however 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. 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. Due to the high demand of Texercise resources, the availability of incentives is not guaranteed.
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@hhsc.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@hhsc.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.
Use the Texercise Classic and Select weekly classes 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 and Select, hold a celebration to recognize participants' achievements and provide them with a Texercise Certificate of Achievement and Texercise T-shirt. Consider holding a walk/run at the celebration event as a way to incorporate physical activity into the celebration event.
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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.