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TSET Board of Directors Awards Healthy Incentive Program Grants to Schools

OKLAHOMA CITY (January 23, 2019) – The TSET Board of Directors on Tuesday approved incentive grants for schools that have passed policies to help students learn healthy habits early and promote health for students, teachers and staff through the TSET Healthy Incentive Program.

TSET funds were awarded to 21 school districts and 2 school sites as 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 districts and schools that have implemented key strategies aimed at creating an environment that encourages students, faculty and staff to eat better, move more and be tobacco free. District and schools choose how grant funds will be used on projects that promote healthy behaviors or physical activity.

All public school districts that meet grant criteria are eligible to apply for a TSET Healthy Incentive Grant. School districts must successfully adopt health promoting policies before individual schools sites are eligible to apply.

Policy requirements for the TSET healthy incentive grants include a comprehensive tobacco-free policy that prohibits smoking, vaping and using smokeless tobacco on school grounds and a wellness policy that improves the nutrition environment, increases physical activity and promotes employee wellness. Research shows that healthy behaviors established during childhood carry through to adulthood.

 “We are proud to recognize school districts that have made the healthy choice the easy choice,” said TSET Interim Executive Director Julie Bisbee. “By promoting and supporting healthy behaviors, school districts are encouraging students and staff to live a healthy lifestyle and prevent tobacco use and obesity before they take root. These small changes add up and create an environment where healthy choices become the norm.”

TSET Healthy Incentives Program for schools - district awards

GRANTEE

County

AWARD AMOUNT

Bennington Public Schools

Bryan

$12,000

Bluejacket Public Schools

Craig

$12,000

Carney Public Schools

Lincoln

$15,000

Comanche Public Schools

Stephens

$20,000

McAlester Public Schools

Pittsburg

$30,000

Moyers Public Schools

Pushmataha

$15,000

Navajo Public School

Jackson

$20,000

Norman Public Schools

Cleveland

$100,000

Rocky Mountain School

Adair

$15,000

Sasakwa Schools

Seminole

$15,000

South Rock Creek

Pottawatomie

$13,500

Tahlequah Public Schools

Cherokee

$15,000

Tonkawa Public Schools

Kay

$20,000

Valliant Public Schools

McCurtain

$17,000

Varnum Public Schools

Seminole

$15,000

Waurika Public Schools

Jefferson

$15,000

Weatherford Public School

Custer

$30,000

Wellston Public Schools

Lincoln

$17,000

Westville Public Schools

Adair

$25,000

White Rock School

Lincoln

$15,000

Wright City Public Schools

McCurtain

$12,000

Total

 

$448,500

 

TSET Healthy Incentives Program for schools – school site awards

GRANTEE

County

AWARD AMOUNT

Ben Franklin Stem Academy

Muskogee

$7,000

Monroe Elementary

Oklahoma

$15,000

Total

 

$22,000

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                

Whitney Dinger, whitneyd@tset.ok.gov

Direct: 405-521-4959

Cell: 405-227-0488

 

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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.