GUTHRIE, OK (January 18, 2019) – Guthrie Public School District was honored on Friday for their efforts to improve health through the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) Healthy Incentive Program for schools.
To receive the $30,000 incentive grant, Guthrie Public Schools put a variety of policies and strategies in place to promote health and wellness for students and staff. The district has decided to use grant funds to place protective fencing around the playground at their newest school site, Charter Oak Elementary to give students a safe place to play and be active.
Julie Bisbee, interim executive director and Sharon Howard, TSET healthy incentive program manager for schools, presented a plaque and big check to Guthrie Public Schools, Superintendent Michael Simpson, Chief Financial Officer and grant writer, Michelle Chapple, members of the Guthrie School Board and other administrative staff. Sen. Chuck Hall and Rep. Garry Mize and staff from the TSET Healthy Living Program serving Logan County were also on hand for the presentation.
The incentive grant criteria focus on strengthening district wellness policies to improve school nutrition, increase physical activity, student wellbeing and provide tobacco-free environments for students, staff, faculty and families. These health-promoting practices and policies are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Incentive grant funds must be used for projects or programs to improve health.
“These grants recognize the efforts of school districts and school sites that are actively promoting healthy lifestyles,” said TSET Interim Director Julie Bisbee. “Studies show that active, healthy kids perform better in school and we want to recognize schools that are making the healthy choice the easy choice for students, staff and the community.”
The TSET Healthy Living Program serving Logan County works to prevent and reduce tobacco use and obesity by partnering with schools, community organizations, worksites, and local governments to promote healthy choices. Healthy Living Program staff, collaborate with community champions across all sectors and throughout the county in order to make Logan County a healthier place to live, learn, work, and play.
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 are used to improve the health of all Oklahomans. 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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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.