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Muskogee, OK (March 10, 2017) - Eight communities and two school districts were honored on Friday for their efforts to improve health and quality of life in their communities. In total, the communities and schools received $166,000 in TSET Healthy Incentive Grant funds for local projects to improve health.

Enjoying a bottle of your favorite fizzy beverage may not seem like much, but when you add up the amount of sugar you drink in a day, the results may shock you.

“Not all drinks are created equal,” said Miranda Manning, registered dietitian and nutrition coordinator for the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s  Center for the Advancement of Wellness.

Many Oklahomans want to be healthier, but making changes for themselves and their families may seem daunting. In reality, small changes can make a big difference toward feeling better and reducing the risk of diseases that account for a majority of deaths in Oklahoma.  

For some, a daily soda fix is a refreshing reward. For others it’s just a habit they don’t think much about, but studies show that Oklahomans’ love for sweet drinks has a negative effect not only on our waist lines, but our overall health. Oklahoma ranks in the bottom 10 among states for rates of obesity, physical inactivity and low fruit and vegetable consumption.

Seminole, OK (February 17, 2017) – Seminole Public School District was honored on Friday for their efforts to improve health through the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) Healthy School District Incentive Grant program.

To receive the $5,000 incentive grant, Seminole Public Schools put a variety of policies and strategies in place to promote health and wellness for students and staff.  The district will use grant funds to purchase playground and physical education equipment. 


Julie Bisbee

Julie Bisbee
Director of Public Information and Outreach