Jenks, Oklahoma (February 10, 2017) – Two Jenks elementary schools were honored Friday for their efforts to promote health for students, teachers and staff.
Jenks East and Jenks West elementary schools were both recognized for adopting healthy policies and putting them into practice. Both schools received a Healthy School Incentive Grant from TSET. Jenks West is now the second school to meet criteria for a “3-star school” within the incentive grant program.
Jenks West Elementary met the requirements for a 3-star school and received a $10,000 grant through the TSET Healthy Schools Incentive Grant Program. State Health Commissioner Terry Cline, Rep. Glen Mulready, Rep. Scott McEachin and TSET Executive Director John Woods recognized the schools and presented the grant award during a ceremony Friday.
Jenks West Elementary has received a total of $20,000 after receiving a $10,000 grant from TSET for meeting the requirements for a 1 and 2 star school.
Jenks West purchased action-based learning equipment, kinesthetic classroom equipment such as wobble chairs and pedal desks that allow students to move while learning. The school will also use grant funds to purchase physical activity equipment and health and safety equipment. Jenks West has been a statewide leader for action-based learning, and research shows physical activity and movement while learning can improve academic performance and brain function.
Representatives from Jenks East Elementary were also recognized with a certificate presentation for their efforts to promote health. Jenks East was awarded $4,000 grant for meeting the 1-star standards for the TSET Healthy Schools Incentive Grant program. The school will use the grant funds to purchase equipment for its action-based learning lab and equipment for health assessments.
“These grants recognize the efforts of schools and school districts that are actively promoting healthy lifestyles. Studies show that active, healthy kids perform better in school,” said TSET Executive Director John Woods. “Habits formed early last a lifetime and we want to recognize schools that are making the healthy choice the easy choice for students, staff and the community.”
Schools and school districts that have achieved annual certification through the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program are able to apply for TSET Healthy Schools and School District Incentive Grants.
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. Grant funds may be used for projects that advance health.
To be eligible to apply for a school site incentive grant, the school district must have received a district incentive grant first. Schools can achieve up to a 3-star level grant. The program requires schools to have tobacco-free, vaporfree policies in place, policies that allow playgrounds and athletic fields to be used for physical activity outside of the school day, time allotted for health education and physical activity, anti-bullying policies and clean drinking water available to students for free throughout the school day.
Three-star schools only sell and advertise food that meets USDA nutritional guidelines and have healthy concessions and fundraisers, including non-food fund raisers such as fun runs or auctions. Three-star schools also offer educational seminars to parents and community members about nutrition, tobacco use and physical activity.
At all levels, schools are required to have an active wellness committee and be implementing federal guidelines for a healthy school as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s School Health Index.
Incentive grant schools are also supported by the TSET Healthy Living Program serving Tulsa County, which works to prevent and reduce obesity and tobacco use in schools, community organizations, worksites, and local governments. Staff collaborate with community champions across all sectors and throughout the county in order to make Tulsa County a healthier place to live, learn, work, and play. Jenks Public Schools and their investment in health is an integral part of Tulsa County becoming a healthier county.
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.