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Ardmore City Public Schools Honored for Work to Promote Health

Ardmore, Okla.  (May 19, 2015)– School officials from Ardmore were recognized Tuesday for their efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of students, faculty and staff at Ardmore City Schools. Ardmore School District received a $10,000 grant as part of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust’s Healthy School District Incentive Grant program.

The Healthy Schools Incentive Grant criteria focus on strengthening and approving a district 24/7 tobacco-free policy and updating the district wellness policy to include best and promising practices that focus on nutrition and physical activity and help make the healthy choice the easy choice.

The Ardmore School District will use the grant funds topromote healthy eating habits for students, faculty, staff, parents, and community members.  Additionally, funds will be used to purchase health education curriculum, health screening assessment items, physical activity equipment and equipment for use in the child nutrition program.  Grant funds may be used for projects that advance health and award amounts are based on district enrollment.

School districts and school sites that have been recognized by the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program and meet TSET incentive grant criteria are eligible to apply for incentive grants. The Certified Healthy Oklahoma program 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.

Incentive grant awards for schools are based on enrollment and the level of criteria achieved. The individual school sites will use the grant funds for a variety of health improving projects including leveraging other funds for larger projects such as sidewalk construction, or projects that involve health education, or physical education equipment and curriculum.

“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 Tracey Strader. “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.”

School district funding is a prerequisite for school site funding. The Healthy School District Incentive Grant criteria focus on strengthening district wellness policies to improve school nutrition, increase physical activity, and provide tobacco-free environments for students, staff, faculty and families. These health-promoting practices and policies are recommended by the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Coordinated School Health Model. The Healthy School Incentive Grants focus on implementing the practices and policies to improve the school health and learning environment.

TSET was created by a constitutional amendment in 2000 as a long term strategy to improve health and ensure settlement payments from a 1998 multi-state lawsuit against the tobacco industry. The funds are placed in an endowment to ensure a growing funding source for generations to come. Only the earnings from the endowment are used to fund grants and programs.

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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 with local coalitions and initiatives 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.
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