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Healthy Lifestyle Grants
The TSET Healthy Living Program: Investing in Oklahoma's Health
Half of all cancers are caused by obesity and tobacco use. Oklahoma has some of the highest rates of tobacco use and obesity in the nation. TSET Healthy Living Program grants are designed to prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease by preventing and reducing tobacco use and obesity on a local level. We currently issue grants to 28 organizations working in 30 counties.
Using a data-driven approach, grantees work with businesses, city governments, community organizations and schools to encourage healthy eating, physical activity and tobacco-free lifestyles.
The TSET Healthy Living Grant Program seeks to lessen the burden of unhealthy behaviors before they take root. Reducing the risk factors of tobacco use and obesity will save lives and money. Designed with input from former TSET grantees, partner organizations and nationally recognized experts, the TSET Healthy Living Program is in its second five-year grant cycle.
Food Systems Impact Grants
Oklahoma ranks 45th out of 50 states as one of the most food insecure states, according to 2019 America’s Health Rankings. In Oklahoma, 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 5 children struggle with hunger in Oklahoma, according to Feeding America. Lack of access or uncertainty in ability to obtain healthy foods have been associated with an increase in poor health outcomes, obesity and health care costs. The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened Oklahoman’s access and purchasing power for healthy and nutritious foods.
In 2019, the TSET Board of Directors approved a resolution in support of removing barriers to accessing healthy foods. To assist in this effort, the Board authorized the expenditure of up to $1 million for Food Systems Impact Grants.