Take the free Texercise Select Facilitator Training (about 1-hour) to become a certified facilitator. Select is an evidenced-based program and requires facilitators to be certified in order to host.
Take the free SNAP-Ed Civil Rights training (about 30-minutes) required for all Texercise program hosts.
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, reinforcement items 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 free programs (Classic, Select, and Nourish) that support social connections by bringing together groups of people to learn about and engage in healthy lifestyle behaviors like physical activity and nutrition.
Texercise provides participants with free program reinforcement items — handbooks, pedometers, resistance bands, portion plates, reusable grocery bags, t-shirts — to educate, motivate and encourage and recognize their efforts. The reinforcement items provided vary on the Texercise program being held. While Texercise encourages all age groups to engage in healthy activities, the reinforcement items 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.
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 found on the Select Research Findings page.
Texercise Nourish is a free 12-week nutrition education program that provides older adults with the opportunity to learn about the health benefits of a nutritious diet and how to eat healthy every day. In addition to learning about proper nutrition, Texercise Nourish incorporates physical activity to highlight how regular physical activity and a nutritious diet complement each other for healthy aging.
Organizations and individuals interested in hosting Texercise Nourish will receive a coordinator kit that contains step-by-step instructions for leading the 12 weekly sessions and how to order program materials including reinforcement items.
Are you ready to host a Texercise program? Call 1-800-889-8595 or email Texercise@hhs.texas.gov for more information.
Texercise also has some other useful resources for Classic, Select, and Nourish 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 (PDF) to help communities develop places where residents can 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:
Texercise Take Charge Challenge
The Texercise Take Charge Challenge sheet (English [PDF] l Spanish [PDF]) provides program participants with a way to set overall health goals (fitness and nutrition) and break their goals into smaller, more achievable weekly action steps.
For technical assistance with the Texercise Classic and Select programs, and to request resources, contact Texercise, email Texercise@hhs.texas.gov.