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OKLAHOMA CITY (September 13, 2011) – The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), will be offering Healthy Communities Incentive Grants to cities that receive certification through the newly created Certified Healthy Communities (CHC) program which is administered by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH).

OKLAHOMA CITY (September 9, 2011) – During its quarterly meeting, the board of directors of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) was notified that certified earnings from the fund were $18.9 million. Utilizing these funds, the board approved continued funding for prevention of tobacco use and obesity through community and statewide grants, and health communications campaigns. Research grants, which advance the prevention and treatment of cancer and other tobacco-related diseases, were also renewed.

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 13, 2011) – The Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) during its quarterly meeting approved funding for 15 new grants in the Communities of Excellence Nutrition and Fitness program. These new grants, awarded to community coalitions, will serve 21 counties across the state. The board approved $1.35 million for the first funding cycle of the five year program.

Coalitions receiving funding in the Communities of Excellence in Nutrition and Fitness are:

Oklahoma health advocates kicked off a statewide effort to improve the health of the citizens of the state today with a new campaign called Shape Your Future. The campaign was unveiled in Oklahoma City at a launch that was the culmination of the mysterious “5320” campaign that has appeared throughout Oklahoma the last four weeks.

Gov. Mary Fallin, with the help of State Health Commissioner Dr. Terry Cline and other notable state leaders, discussed the need for bold action to improve Oklahoma’s poor health statistics.

Oklahoma health officials announced today that youth smoking rates in Oklahoma dropped in 2009, reducing the number of Oklahoma children who will suffer from a lifetime of addiction, disease and early death.

According to the bi-annual 2009 Oklahoma Youth Tobacco Survey, 20.2 percent of Oklahoma high school students were current cigarette smokers, down from 23.4 percent in 2007. The 2009 survey also found that 6.5 percent of Oklahoma middle school students were current cigarette smokers, down from 7.5 percent in 2007.

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Julie Bisbee

Julie Bisbee
Director of Public Information and Outreach
405-521-4992
julieb@tset.ok.gov