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CTAN BOOST is a volunteer-led initiative from the Central Texas Afterschool Network and the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at the University of Texas School of Public Health-Austin (UTSPH) that aims to explore, enhance and BOOST children's physical activity, healthy eating and social/emotional learning in the out-of-school-time (OST) program setting.

Funded by the St. David's Foundation, CTAN BOOST is taking place in selected central Texas OST sites between January 2015 and May 2016.

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Central Texas Afterschool Network
St. David's Foundation

Key activities of CTAN BOOST to date have included:

The 4 key recommendations

are that Out of School Time (OST) programs provide:

Physical Activity

30 minutes of physical activity for 1/2 day programming or 60 minutes for full day.

Healthy Snacks

Feeding children healthy snacks after school

Social & Emotional Learning

Programs support an inclusive and cooperative environment.

Model Staff

Staff who model healthy behaviors and positive interpersonal skills.


Co-learning and capacity building with a cohort of 10 OST program sites from central Texas via a series of three participatory action workshops. Workshops have included opportunities for OST program leaders to develop action plans and exchange of best practices for 'boosting' the OST environment for child physical activity, healthy eating and SEL.

"CTAN BOOST embraces the uniqueness of each OST program site, recognizing that there are many ways to foster children's healthy development. In building from the creativity, innovativeness, and collaborative spirit of our OST program leader participants, CTAN BOOST aims to provide a venue for identifying and sharing best practices while building OST capacity for promoting child health. A special thanks to all who have participated to date! "

Our final CTAN BOOST participatory action workshop and recognition ceremony for participating OST sites will be held in April or May of 2016

Please stay tuned for next steps!!

The BOOST Committee has 3 important resources
to support you in enhancing the health environment at your program site:

Top 10 Best Practices for child health in the OST setting

Choose a menu item you want & use the BOOST Action Plan Template


Action Planning Committee


Members and Leaders

  • Angel Toscano

    ITT Chair

  • Eric Imhof


  • Edna Parra

    Dell Valle ISD Enrichment Program

  • Sarah Rinner

    Creative Action

  • Michael Thielvoldt

    4-H Capital Project/Texas A&M Agrilife Extension


UT School of Public Health-Austin

  • Kelsey Herron

    Data Collector

  • Kelli Lovelace

    Research Assistant

  • Kristen Raese

    Data Collector

  • Lauren Toppenberg

    Research Assistant

  • Andrew Springer

    Principal Investigator

  • Heather Atteberry

    Center Coordinator at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living

Thanks for visiting our site- and please join us to continue to co-learn about ways the OST program setting can be harnessed for promoting healthy children in central Texas! Sign up for the CTAN Newsletter to stay informed.