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TSET Board of Directors Awards Healthy District Incentive Program Grants

OKLAHOMA CITY (September 18, 2018) – Two school districts received TSET Healthy Incentive grants on Tuesday for putting policies and strategies in place to promote health for students, teachers and staff.

The TSET Board of Directors approved $43,000 in grants for Maryetta Public Schools in Adair County and Sulphur Public Schools in Murray County as part of the TSET Healthy Incentive Program for Schools.

Maryetta Public Schools received an $18,000 grant and will use the funds for playground improvements and will add fitness stations to their existing walking trail. Sulphur Public Schools received $25,000 and plans to use grant funds to make improvements to its walking track. Both projects will increase opportunities for physical activity for students and community members as each district allows the public to use the trail and track outside of the school day through a shared use agreement.

All public school districts that meet grant criteria are eligible to apply for a TSET Healthy Incentive Grant Program for Schools. School districts must successfully adopt health promoting policies before individual schools sites are eligible to apply.

Policy requirements for the TSET Healthy Incentive grants include a comprehensive tobacco-free policy that prohibits smoking, vaping and using smokeless tobacco anywhere on school grounds and a wellness policy that improves the nutrition environment, increases physical activity and promotes employee wellness. 

Healthy behaviors established during childhood carry through to adulthood. To promote and support those healthy behaviors, the TSET Healthy Incentive program offers grants to districts and schools that adopt and implement best and promising practices in tobacco-free environments, nutrition, physical activity and employee wellness.  

 “We are proud to recognize school districts that have made the healthy choice the easy choice,” said TSET Executive Director John Woods. “By promoting and supporting healthy behaviors, school districts encouraging students and staff to live a healthy lifestyle and prevent tobacco use and obesity before they take root. These small changes add up and create an environment where healthy choices become the norm.”

TSET Healthy Incentives for Schools Program awards

GRANTEE

AWARD AMOUNT

Maryetta Public Schools

$18,000

Sulphur Public Schools

$25,000

Total

$43,000

 

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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.