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

OKLAHOMA CITY (November 15, 2018) – The TSET Board of Directors on Thursday approved 34 incentive grants for communities and schools through the TSET Healthy Incentive Program.

TSET funds were awarded to 10 communities and 24 school districts that have adopted health promoting policies and strategies at the board meeting. The TSET Healthy Incentive Program for schools and communities are part of a comprehensive effort to prevent and reduce the leading causes of death in Oklahoma – heart disease, stroke and cancer by preventing unhealthy behaviors before they take root. Grants are awarded to communities and schools that have implemented key strategies aimed at creating an environment that encourages Oklahomans to eat better, move more and be tobacco free.

In communities, key strategies for health include tobacco-free, vapefree environments, suicide prevention, supporting active transportation such as biking or walking, offering and promoting fruits and vegetables through community gardens, farmers markets and making healthy foods more appealing and affordable.

Strategies for schools include district wellness policies that focus on quality nutrition and increased physical activity to improve the health of students. Schools must also provide a tobacco-free, vapefree environment at all times.

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.

“We are proud to recognize communities and schools that are engaging in conversations about how to improve invest in citizens and students in a community,” said TSET Executive Director John Woods. “Preventing and reducing tobacco use and obesity in Oklahoma takes a comprehensive approach that supports healthy habits, removes barriers for healthy behaviors and encourages Oklahomans to be tobacco free. Combined with other prevention efforts, these communities and schools are working to reduce the demand on an already stressed health care system, saving lives and saving money and improving quality of life.”

 

TSET Healthy Incentive Program for Communities Awards

GRANTEE

COUNTY

AWARD AMOUNT

City of Broken Bow

McCurtain

$36,000

City of Holdenville

Hughes

$50,000

City of Poteau

LeFlore

$50,000

Town of Clearview

Okfuskee

$16,000

Town of Delaware

Nowata

$36,000

Town of Heavener

LeFlore

$36,000

Town of Muldrow

Sequoyah

$36,000

Town of Pocola

LeFlore

$36,000

Town of Spiro

LeFlore

$36,000

Town of Wetumka

Hughes

$36,000

Total

 

$368,000

TSET Healthy Incentive Program for Schools - District Awards

GRANTEE

COUNTY

AWARD AMOUNT

Agra Public Schools

Lincoln

$12,000

Asher Public Schools

Pottawatomie

$15,000

Brushy School

Sequoyah

$13,500

Chandler Public Schools

Lincoln

$20,000

Colcord Public Schools

Delaware

$17,000

Cottonwood Public School

Coal

$8,000

Davenport Public Schools

Lincoln

$12,000

Dover Public School

Kingfisher

$15,000

Guthrie Public Schools

Logan

$30,000

Jay Public Schools

Delaware

$25,000

Konawa Public Schools

Seminole

$17,000

Lukfata Elementary School

McCurtain

$15,000

Mason Public Schools

Okfuskee

$15,000

Moffett Public School District

Sequoyah

$13,500

Nowata Public Schools

Nowata

$17,000

Oaks Mission School

Delaware

$15,000

Pleasant Grove Public School District

Pottawatomie

$13,500

Porter Consolidated Schools

Wagoner

$11,500

Prague School District

Lincoln

$20,000

Ripley Public Schools

Payne

$12,000

Shawnee Public Schools

Pottawatomie

$30,000

South Coffeyville Public School

Nowata

$12,000

Stilwell Public Schools

Adair

$20,000

Stuart Public School

Hughes

$15,000

Total

 

$394,000

 

For more information contact:

Julie Bisbee

julieb@tset.ok.gov

(405) 521-4992

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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.