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Kingston Receives a Healthy Community and Healthy District Incentive Grant Award

KINGSTON (Feb. 11 2016)– The city of Kingston and Kingston School District were honored on Tuesday for their efforts to promote health in the Marshall County community.

The city of Kingston and the Kingston School District were both awarded incentive grants by the TSET Board of Directors. Kingston was awarded a $20,000 Healthy Community Incentive Grant at the gold level for adopting policies and strategies that promote health and improved quality of life in their community. The City has used the funds to partner with other groups to purchase and install new playground equipment at the Kingston Elementary School.

Kingston Public Schools also received a $5,000 healthy district incentive grant, and will use the TSET funds to purchase Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s), and CPR Health Education Curriculum.

TSET’s incentive grant funding for communities and schools is available to communities and schools that have achieved Certified Healthy Oklahoma status and meet additional grant criteria. The grant awards are based on size and the types of strategies implemented. Grant recipients are able to decide the types of projects they do with the funds, as long as the project promotes health.

Grant funds are frequently used to leverage other funds for community projects.  In Kingston, the school district worked with the Wal-Mart Foundation to receive additional funds for the playground project.

“We are proud to recognize communities and schools that are making the healthy choice the easy choice,” said TSET Executive Director Tracey Strader. “By taking the actions recommended by the Certified Healthy Oklahoma and TSET Incentive Grant programs, these communities and schools are making meaningful changes that encourage Oklahomans to live a healthy lifestyle and prevent tobacco use and obesity before it takes root. Combined with other prevention efforts, these communities and schools are working to reduce the demand on an already stressed health care system; saving lives and saving money.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               
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.