Fairview, OK (April 28, 2017) – The City of Fairview and Fairview Public Schools were honored Friday for their efforts to improve health and quality of life with TSET Healthy Incentive Grants. In total, the community and school received $23,000 in grant funds from TSET for local projects to improve health.
The City of Fairview received a Healthy Communities Incentive Grant in the amount of $20,000 for making all city property tobacco-free and vapor-free, adopting street and zoning policies that improve the walkability and promoting community gardens and farmer markets in their community. All of these efforts help encourage residents to live healthy, active, tobacco-free lifestyles.
The community will utilize grant funds for a walking trail project. Healthy Communities Incentive Grant funds are frequently used to leverage other funds for community projects that advance health.
Fairview Public Schools received a $3,000 incentive grant by putting a variety of policies and strategies in place to promote health and wellness for students and staff. The district plans to use the funds to purchase cafeteria equipment to provide healthy and nutritious meals for students.
TSET’s incentive grant funding is based on size and the types of strategies implemented. Cities and schools that have met TSET’s criteria and have been awarded a grant are able to determine how the incentive funding will be used to promote health in their communities.
To be eligible to apply communities and schools 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 Incentive Grant program began five years ago, $2.9 million in grant funds have been awarded to 62 communities and 80 school districts.
“These grants recognize the efforts of communities and schools that are actively promoting healthy lifestyles” said TSET Executive Director John Woods. “We applaud the support of the City of Fairview and Fairview Schools for their commitment to investing in the health of their citizens and students. This will have positively improve health for generations to come.”
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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.