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TSET Board of Directors Awards Healthy School and Communities Incentive Grants

OKLAHOMA CITY (August 24, 2017) – The TSET Board of Directors approved 17 incentive grant awards for communities, school districts and school sites at their quarterly meeting this month.

In total, $118,500 was awarded to 5 communities, 9 school districts and 3 school sites as part of the TSET Healthy Communities and Healthy Schools Incentive Grant programs.

These grant funds are earmarked as part of a long-term, comprehensive effort to prevent Oklahoma kids from starting to smoke or becoming obese. Grants are awarded to communities and schools that have implemented key strategies to increase healthy opportunities for employees, residents, and students.

In communities, key strategies for health include tobacco-free environments, suicide prevention, active living, offering and promoting fruits and vegetables through community gardens, farmers markets and making healthy foods more appealing and affordable. 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.

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.

As a result of implementing these policies and strategies, communities and schools are able to determine how the incentive funds will be used to further promote health. Grant funds are frequently used to leverage other funds for projects that advance health. Incentive grants amounts are based on population and enrollment and the types of strategies implemented.

“We are proud to recognize communities and schools that are making the healthy choice the easy choice,” said TSET Executive Director John Woods. “By taking the actions recommended by the Certified Healthy Oklahoma Program and TSET Incentive Grant programs, these communities and schools are making meaningful changes that encourage Oklahomans to live a healthy lifestyle and prevent tobacco use and obesity before they take root. Combined with other prevention efforts, these communities and schools are working to reduce the demand on an already stressed health care system; saving lives and saving money.”

Healthy Communities Incentive Grant Awards

GRANTEE

AWARD AMOUNT

City of Antlers

$10,000

Town of Council Hill

$20,000

Town of Haileyville

$20,000

Town of Porum

$20,000

Town of Red Bird

$20,000

Total

$90,000

 

Healthy Districts Incentive Grant Awards

GRANTEE

AWARD AMOUNT

Davenport Public Schools

$3,000

Denison Public School

$1,500

Konawa Public Schools

$3,000

Lomega Public School

$3,000

Meeker Pubilc Schools

$3,000

Mill Creek School

$3,000

New Lima Public Schools

$3,000

South Coffeyville Public School

$3,000

Valliant Public Schools

$1,000

TOTAL

$23,500

 

Healthy Schools Incentive Grant Awards

GRANTEE

AWARD AMOUNT

Lone Grove Primary

$2,000

Tushka Elementary School

$1,500

Tushka High School

$1,500

TOTAL

$5,000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                
Julie Bisbee, julieb@tset.ok.gov
Direct: 405-521-4992
Cell: 405-301-3693

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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.