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TSET Board of Directors Awards Healthy School and Communities Incentive Grants

OKLAHOMA CITY (January 30, 2018) – The TSET Board of Directors approved 21 incentive grant awards for communities, school districts and school sites at their quarterly meeting this month.

In total, $219,000 in TSET funds were awarded to 7 communities, 12 school districts and 2 school sites as part of the TSET Healthy Communities and Healthy Schools Incentive Grant to finish out the 2017 grant year.

These incentive grants were awarded to 2017 applicants through the Healthy Communities and Healthy Schools incentive grant program. The incentive grant program remains closed as the TSET Board of Directors examines routes to fund the program that was previously funded in partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). The partnership with OSDH ended in November. TSET continues to support the partnership between communities and schools to adopt policies and strategies to improve health outcomes across Oklahoma.

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 district wellness policies that focus on better nutrition and more physical activity to improve the health of students. Schools must also provide a tobacco-free, vapefree environment at all times.

Grant funds have been used to leverage other funds for projects that advance health. Incentive grant amounts vary based on population and enrollment and the types of strategies implemented.

“We are proud to recognize communities and schools that made 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 Hooker

$4,000

City of Morris

$4,000

City of Muskogee

$70,000

Town of Coalgate

$20,000

Town of Hartshorne

$20,000

Town of Krebs

$20,000

Town of Webbers Falls

$20,000

Total

$158,000

Healthy Districts Incentive Grant Awards

GRANTEE

AWARD AMOUNT

Achille Public Schools

$3,000

Agra Public Schools

$3,000

Cherokee Public Schools

$3,000

Cimarron Public School

$3,000

Clayton Public School District

$3,000

El Reno Public Schools

$10,000

Grand View School

$2,000

Justice Public School

$1,500

Maryetta Public School

$2,000

Ponca City Public Schools

$20,000

South Rock Creek Public School

$1,500

Tupelo Public Schools

$3,000

Total

$55,000

Healthy Schools Incentive Grant Awards

GRANTEE

AWARD AMOUNT

Coolidge Elementary

$3,000

Monroe Elementary School

$3,000

TOTAL

$6,000

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.