Yukon (October 14, 2016) – The City of Yukon on Friday was honored by representatives from the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) who recognized city officials and local partners for their commitment to improving the health and quality of life in their community.
The City of Yukon was awarded its second Healthy Communities Incentive grant of $92,000 for achieving the Silver and Gold levels, which includes adopting policies and strategies that promote health and quality of life. The first grant was an $8,000 award in 2012.
TSET grant funds to the City of Yukon were used to restripe crosswalks at Myers Elementary School, Independence Elementary School, Skyview Elementary, Lakeview Middle School and Yukon Middle School. Also grant funds were used to complete sidewalks, with ADA-compliant ramps, in an existing sidewalk system near Yukon Middle School located on Garth Brooks Boulevard. The sidewalks enable safe, convenient accessibility to physical activity and increase access to businesses in that area.
TSET’s incentive grant funding for communities is based on population size and the types of strategies implemented. Cities that have met TSET’s criteria and been awarded a grant are able to determine how the incentive funding will be used to promote health in their communities. Grant funds are frequently used to leverage other funds for community projects that advance health.
As part of the criteria for the grant, the Yukon City Council voted to make all city property tobacco-free and vapor-free, adopted street and zoning policies, along with a master trail plan that improves the walkability and biking in their community. All of these efforts help encourage residents to live healthy, active, tobacco-free lifestyles.
TSET offers incentive grants to eligible communities that have met criteria established for the program such as tobacco-free policies, availability of fresh fruits and vegetables, and increasing opportunities for residents to become more physically active.
To be eligible to apply communities must first have been recognized through the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program, a partnership between the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, the Oklahoma Turning Point Council, the State Chamber and the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
Since the Healthy Communities Incentive Grant program began five years ago, $2.1 million in grant funds have been awarded to 56 communities.
“We are thrilled to offer incentives to cities and towns that have taken action to improve health in their communities,” said Tracey Strader, TSET executive director. “Working together we can make the healthy choice, the easy choice, where Oklahomans live, work, learn and play.”
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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.