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TSET Board of Directors Awards Healthy Schools and Districts Incentive Grants Totaling Over $25,000

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 15, 2015) – The TSET Board of Directors has approved $25,500 in grants to six school districts and two school sites.

The grants, through the TSET Healthy Schools Incentive Grant program, were awarded to school districts and school sites that have worked to promote health and wellness policies and actively work to make the healthy choice the easy choice for teachers, students and staff.

TSET incentive grants are available for schools and districts that have been recognized by the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program, which 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.

In addition, schools and districts must achieve criteria established for the grant, such as health promoting policies and programs that focus on physical activity and nutrition. A prerequisite for the grant is a tobacco-free policy, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

TSET’s Healthy Schools Incentive grants amounts are based on district enrollment and the types of strategies implemented. Schools have a great deal of flexibility in applying their funds to advance health, such as providing training for staff, leveraging other dollars to purchase physical education equipment, or purchasing specific health related curriculum.

 “We are pleased to partner with schools to help create healthy opportunities for students and staff. These efforts benefit schools in many ways including increased academic performance,” said TSET Executive Director Tracey Strader. “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.”

Healthy Districts Incentive Grant Awards                                                                

Grantee

Award Amount

Calera Public School District

$3,000

Hydro-Eakly Public School District

$3,000

Nashoba Public School District

$1,500

Twin Hills Public School District

$1,500

Wapanucka Public School District

$3,000

Western Heights Public School District

$10,000

TOTAL

$22,000

 

Healthy Schools Incentive Grant Awards                                                    

Grantee

Award Amount

Afton Public Schools

$2,000

Colbert West Ward

$1,500

TOTAL

$3,500

Julie Bisbee, julieb@tset.ok.gov
Direct: 405-521-4992
Cell: 405-301-3693

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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 with local coalitions and initiatives 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. To learn more go to www.tset.ok.gov.