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Hydro-Eakly Public Schools Honored for Work to Promote Health

Hydro, OK  (October 30 2015) – The Hydro-Eakly Public School District was presented with a $3,000 check Friday as part of the Healthy School District Incentive Grant program through the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET). 

Sharon Howard, TSET Healthy Schools Program Manager, presented a plaque and big check to Superintendent Bill Derryberry, Child Nutrition Director Becca Sullivan and Staci Mauney, TSET Healthy Living Program Coordinator for Caddo & Kiowa Counties, during the elementary schools Rise and Shine morning assembly. To receive the incentive grant, the Hydro-Eakly School District put a variety of policies and strategies in place to promote health and wellness for students and staff.  

Studies show that active, healthy kids perform better in school, and the district will use the TSET funds to purchase much needed physical education equipment.  According to the grant application, the district has not had the funds to purchase new PE equipment for more than 10 years. 

“Students love PE time,” Sullivan said, “and they will benefit greatly by having equipment that encourages group and individual movement, fine motor skills and fun.   The district also will purchase cardiovascular equipment and health education curriculum. 

Senator Darcy Jech also attended the event and he presented a proclamation to district officials that congratulates the school district for recognizing health as a priority.

“This type of program is exactly the kind of program that the TSET funds should be used for,” Jech said. “I do appreciate the school making the effort to pursue the grant funds and congratulate them for being rewarded.  The kids in the Hydro district will surely benefit for years to come as they come through the school system and in the process will learn healthy lifestyles.”

The LIVE! Consortium of Caddo and Kiowa Counties promotes the Healthy Living Program to prevent and reduce tobacco use and obesity  with funding from the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET). The LIVE! Consortium combined efforts with Superintendent Bill Derryberry; the Hydro-Eakly School Board; Becca Sullivan, Hydro-Eakly school nutritionist; and Hydro-Eakly’s supportive citizens to promote healthy lifestyle choices through policy adoption.

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.   

“From providing tobacco-free schools, to “active classrooms,” to healthy, appealing, nutritious foods that the kids will enjoy, these grants recognize the efforts of schools that are actively promoting healthy lifestyles, and preparing their students for the productive, healthy workforce required in a thriving Oklahoma economy.” said TSET Executive Director Tracey Strader. “Healthy habits formed early will last a lifetime. When we can improve health, well-being, and test scores, everyone wins and we want to recognize schools that are making the healthy choice the easy choice for students, staff and the community.”  

Incentive grants for school districts are based on district enrollment and strategies implemented. Grant funds may be used for projects that advance health. TSET offers incentive grants to school districts that have Certified Healthy Schools as part of the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program and have met TSET incentive grant criteria. Certified Healthy Oklahoma 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. 

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.


Julie Bisbee, [email protected]
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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.
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