ELK CITY (July 21, 2016) – Elk City was honored on Thursday for the city’s commitment to improving health and quality of life, and the community’s achievement of receiving a TSET Healthy Community Incentive Grant.
Elk City was awarded a $45,000 incentive grant at the Silver and Gold levels for adopting policies and strategies that promote health and quality of life in their community. The city has utilized the funds for engineering/design landscape of existing 36-acre park for walking/biking and outdoor activity.
This is the second Healthy Community Incentive Grant received by the city. In 2012, the TSET Board of Directors awarded a $5,000 grant to Elk City and those funds were used for a disc golf course in the Elk City Lake Park.
“The collaboration between the city and health champions in Elk City is creating strong partnerships that promote a healthy and vibrant community,” said TSET Executive Director Tracey Strader. ”In addition to the incentive grant, the City of Elk City has served as the lead agency for TSET grants in Beckham County and four surrounding counties that work to prevent and reduce tobacco use and obesity. It’s clear Elk City not only cares about the health of its citizens, but also the health of the people of this region.”
Oklahoma Commissioner of Health, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Terry Cline also attended the community celebration and praised Elk City for its commitment to improving health.
“What Elk City has done is create an overall culture of health,” Cline said. “The city has not only been a multi-year Certified Healthy Community, but is also a Certified Healthy Business. Elk City is setting the example for other businesses and communities in this region. This will help make Oklahoma a healthier place to call home.”
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.
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.
Since the Healthy Communities Incentive Grant program began five years ago, $2.1 million in grant funds have been awarded to 56 communities.
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