Texercise was developed in 1998 to encourage and provide older Texans and people with disabilities with opportunities to engage in physical activity and proper nutrition.
Throughout the years, the Texercise program has received awards and recognition from various organizations for its dedication in providing educational and motivational resources that help people and groups adopt healthy lifestyles.
Below is a partial list of awards and acknowledgments received by the Texercise Program.
Texercise would like to thank the Texas Round-Up for the generous donation of the exercise tracking tool GetFitTexas! to our program.
We are excited to be able to offer this tool as an addition to the services and resources currently provided through Texercise.
It is our intention to provide the same service and support with GetFitTexas! that existing users have come to know. However, some modifications and upgrades need to be made before we can launch the software and a date for the launch has not yet been determined.
We know that this may cause a disruption in your use of the tracking tool and we apologize for any inconvenience.
We appreciate your patience while we make the necessary transition and modifications.
The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) awarded the Texercise Program with the Industry Innovators Award in 2004. The Industry Innovators Award honors those who display excellence and creativity in the health and wellness field. The program was honored as being one of the most innovative active aging programs for 2004.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Reference Guide of Physical Activity Programs for Older Adults includes a list of programs that provide physical activities that may benefit older adults with diabetes. The guide was created to be used as practical tool for diabetes prevention and control programs and for those who would like to involve their community in physical activity. The Texercise Program was listed as one of the 17 programs highlighted in this reference guide.
Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H. is the founder of the Cooper Aerobics Center and the author of numerous best-selling books on the subject of physical fitness for people of all ages. He serves as honorary state chairman of the Texercise Program and the Texercise handbook was developed with his support. Click here to read, "A Word from Dr. Kenneth Cooper."
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) held "Symposium on Nutrition and Fitness for Older Adults – Eat Healthy, Stay Fit, Live Well" in November 2007 comprised of professionals and experts in the areas of nutrition and exercise for older adults. A product of the symposium was a report recommending that a program similar to Texercise be implemented in the state of New York.
On April 1, 2005, Executive RP42, issued by Gov. Rick Perry, directed state and community organizations to continue the promotion and expansion of the Texercise program as a means to ensure healthy lifestyles in older Texans.
Updated: August 18, 2014