Oklahoma City, OK (March 28, 2017) - The TSET Board of Directors on Tuesday approved a $3,000 incentive grant award to Colcord Public Schools as part of the TSET Healthy Schools Incentive Grant Program.
The district plans on using the funds to improve the safety of the student pick-up area, sidewalk repair and to add fencing and an entrance gate.
Grants are awarded to schools that have implemented key strategies to increase healthy opportunities for employees and students. Key strategies for schools include a district wellness policy that focuses on better nutrition and more physical activity to improve the health of students. Schools must also provide a tobacco-free, vape free environment at all times on school property and at school sponsored events.
As a result of implementing these key strategies, schools are able to determine how the incentive funds will be used to promote health. Grant funds are frequently used to leverage other funds for projects that advance health. Incentive grants amounts are based on enrollment and the types of strategies implemented.
TSET incentive grants are available to communities and schools that have received certification through the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program, which is a partnership between the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, the Oklahoma Turning Point Council, the State Chamber and the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
“These grants recognize the efforts of schools and school districts that are actively promoting healthy lifestyles. Studies show that active, healthy kids perform better in school,” said TSET Executive Director John Woods. “Habits formed early last a lifetime and we want to recognize schools that are making the healthy choice the easy choice for students, staff and the community.”
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The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working towards shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans. TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working across the state, by cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and by working across public and private sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the public's health. TSET. Better Lives Through Better Health.