LAWTON (May 8, 2015) –The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) has awarded the City of Lawton a $160,000 grant as part of TSET’s Healthy Communities Incentive Grant Program.
TSET offers incentive grants to eligible communities that have met criteria established for the program such as tobacco-free policies, availability of fresh fruits and vegetables, and increasing opportunities for residents to become more physically active.
To be eligible to apply communities must first have been recognized through the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program, a partnership between the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, the Oklahoma Turning Point Council, the State Chamber and the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
Lawton was awarded an incentive grant at the gold level for adopting policies and strategies that promote health and quality of life in their community. This is the second time Lawton has received a Healthy Communities Incentive Grant from TSET. In total, the City of Lawton has received $175,000. The TSET Board of Directors approved the award at their last quarterly board meeting in February.
TSET’s incentive grant funding for communities is based on population size and the types of strategies implemented. Cities that have met TSET’s criteria and been awarded a grant are able to determine how the incentive funding will be used to promote health in their communities. Grant funds are frequently used to leverage other funds for community projects that advance health.
In Lawton, the grant funds will be used to purchase and install trail lighting on walking, jogging and cycling trails in Elmer Thomas Park, and Greer Park. Funds will also be used for the construction of trail extensions and help create connections within the City of Lawton’s recreation trail system and add navigational signage on the trails.
Since the Healthy Communities Incentive Grant program began three years ago, $1.5 million in grant funds have been awarded to 42 communities.
“We are thrilled to offer incentives to cities and towns that have taken action to improve health in their communities,” said Tracey Strader, TSET executive director. “Working together we can make the healthy choice, the easy choice, where Oklahomans live, work, learn and play.”
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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. TSET. Better Lives Through Better Health. Learn more at tset.ok.gov.