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City of Shawnee Awarded $110,000 Healthy Community Incentive Grant

OKLAHOMA CITY (December 21, 2015) – The TSET Board of Directors awarded an incentive grant in the amount of $110,000 to the City of Shawnee during the City Council meeting.

Shawnee has received two TSET Healthy Community Incentive Grant awards.  The first award, granted in 2012 for $10,000 at the Bronze level, was used to resurface the walking trails around the airport.  This recent $110,000 award at the Silver and Gold levels has been used to update the Boy Scout Park in Shawnee.

This grant has been combined with other sources of funding from the Avedis Foundation and private donations to renovate the restroom facilities and to install a Splash Pad.

By the city and park officials working with other community partners such as Gateway to Prevention & Recovery, the Turning Point Council, local coalitions and foundations, Shawnee has taken steps to advance health awareness and improvement.

Grants are awarded to communities that have implemented strategies to increase healthy opportunities for residents and students. TSET offers grants to communities that met have criteria such as tobacco-free policies, health and wellness policies and increased opportunities for fruits and vegetables and physical activity.

TSET incentive grants are available to communities that have received certification through 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. The Healthy Incentive Grants to communities and schools are an ongoing budgeted grant program for FY 2016.

TSET’s incentive grants amounts are based on population and the types of strategies implemented. Communities determine how the incentive funds will be used to promote health in their communities. Grant funds are frequently used to leverage other funds to projects that advance health.

“We are pleased to partner to help create healthy opportunities for communities. These efforts benefit Oklahomans in many ways including improved health and increased academic performance at schools,” said TSET Executive Director Tracey Strader. “We want to recognize communities and schools that are making the healthy choice the easy choice.”

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

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