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TSET Board of Directors Awards Healthy Incentive Grants to Communities and Schools

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 24, 2021) –The Board of Directors for the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) on Thursday approved five incentive grants for communities and schools through the TSET Healthy Incentive Program.

TSET Healthy Incentive grants are awarded to communities and schools that have implemented key strategies to create an environment that encourages Oklahomans to eat better, move more and be tobacco free. 

“Schools and communities are at the forefront of building a healthier Oklahoma,” said TSET Executive Director Julie Bisbee. “These towns, school districts and schools are leading the way in helping residents, students and teachers live healthier, longer lives and improving quality of life in the community.”

A $10,000 TSET Healthy Incentive grant was awarded to the Town of Cedar Valley in Logan County. In communities, key strategies for health include encouraging tobacco-free, vape-free environments, supporting active transportation such as walking or biking, offering and promoting fruits and vegetables through community gardens and farmers markets, and making healthy foods more available and affordable.

The Board also awarded grants to four school districts and school sites. Strategies for school districts and schools include creating and implementing wellness policies that focus on quality nutrition and increased physical activity. Schools are required to provide a tobacco-free, vape-free environment.

TSET Healthy Incentive Grants were awarded to the following school districts and school sites:

  • Wister Public School, $3,000

  • Blanchard Public Schools, $15,500

  • Bradley Elementary (Drumright), $3,000

  • Coolidge Elementary (Oklahoma City), $6,000

Grant funds are often used to leverage additional partners for projects that promote health. Incentive grant amounts vary based on community population, school enrollment size and the types of health-promoting strategies implemented. Funds for the TSET Healthy Incentive Program are limited. To learn more, visit https://tset.ok.gov/content/incentive-grants.

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The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans. TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working with local coalitions and initiatives across the state, cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and 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. To learn more, visit TSET.ok.gov.

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