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    Obesity Prevention Program
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    P.O. Box 149347 Austin, Texas 78714-9347
    1100 West 49th Street, T-406
    Austin, TX 78756

    Phone: (512) 776-7111
    Fax: (512) 458-7618

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OLE! Texas

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Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE! Texas) is a statewide initiative that improves outdoor spaces at childcare centers. The initiative adds design elements (looping pathways, vegetable gardens, more play and learning settings, etc.) to enable 0-5 year old to be active, learn in nature, and develop motor skills. It has received national attention as an innovative and evidence-based approach to increasing childhood physical activity and food awareness. OLE! Texas demonstration sites can be found in Austin, Harris County, Lubbock, and San Antonio

Why is OLE! Texas important?

  • There are 18,883 child day care operations in Texas and over 1.1 million little Texans attend these operations who can benefit from this project. 
  • More than 1 in 5 U.S. children ages 2 – 5 years are already overweight or obese.
  • OLE! Texas is based on the Preventing Obesity by Design (POD) model, which is associated with higher levels of physical activity and a 22 percent reduction in sedentary behavior among preschoolers.

Additional Information
Visit the links listed below to discover ways you can improve outdoor learning environments and find related guidance and resources.  

Please contact the Obesity Prevention Program at BringingHealthyBack@dshs.state.tx.us for more information.

Last updated June 17, 2019