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Four Public School Districts Honored For Work To Promote Health

Oklahoma City, OK  (February 25, 2016) – Four school districts were recently honored for their efforts to promote health for students, teachers and staff.

Bluejacket, Stilwell, Miami and Cleora School Districts all recently received awards as part of the Healthy School District Incentive Grant program through the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET).  

Sharon Howard, TSET Healthy Schools Program Manager presented a $2,625 check to the Cleora School District. Cleora Public School District is the first district in the state to receive bonus funding for offering only healthy food and beverage options for parties, events, celebrations, fundraising and concessions. 

  • Cleora schools will use the grant for playground equipment.
  • The Miami School District was presented with a $10,000 check. The Miami School District will use TSET funds to purchase automatic external defibrillators (AED’s) and other health supplies.
  • A $3,000 check was presented to the Bluejacket School District. TSET funds will be used to purchase a pitching machine and supplies to be used with the districts baseball and softball programs.
  • The Stilwell Public School District was presented with a $5,000 incentive grant check to purchase automatic external defibrillators (AED’s) and audio visual equipment to be used for health promoting programs.

Studies show that active, healthy kids perform better in school, and the district will use the TSET funds to purchase playground equipment.

The Healthy School District Incentive Grant criteria focus on strengthening district wellness policies to improve school nutrition, increase physical activity, and provide tobacco-free environments for students, staff, faculty and families.  These health-promoting practices and policies are recommended by the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Coordinated School Health Model.   

“These grants recognize the efforts of schools and school districts that are actively promoting healthy lifestyles. Studies show that active, healthy kids perform better in school,” 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.” 

Incentive grants for school districts are based on district enrollment and strategies implemented. Grant funds may be used for projects that advance health. TSET offers incentive grants to school districts that have Certified Healthy Schools as part of the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program and havemet TSET incentive grant criteria. Certified Healthy Oklahoma 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.

TSET was created by a constitutional amendment in 2000 as a long term strategy to improve health and ensure settlement payments from a 1998 multi-state lawsuit against the tobacco industry are used to improve the health of all Oklahomans. The funds are placed in an endowment to ensure a growing funding source for generations to come. Only the earnings from the endowment are used to fund grants and programs.

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Julie Bisbee, julieb@tset.ok.gov
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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.
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