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

To receive the $3,000 incentive grant, Wellston 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 a hydration stations to encourage increased water consumption for students and staff. 

Oklahoma City, OK (August 17, 2017) – Monroe Elementary was honored Thursday for its efforts to improve health for students, teachers and staff. The Oklahoma City elementary school received $2,000 through the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust’s Healthy Schools Incentive Grant Program.

Monroe Elementary was eligible for a school site grant after the Oklahoma City Public School District approved a variety of policies and strategies to improve health and wellness at their 87 sites.

Last week’s ruling by the State Supreme Court that the cigarette price increase was unconstitutional is disappointing, but it’s important to note that the court’s decision was based on how the price increase was enacted, not the value or worth of increasing the price of cigarettes. The court ruled that the bill did not meet constitutional requirements because it was passed in the finals days of the legislative session, and appeared to be a revenue bill.

In fiscal year 2017, OHA was pleased to honor hospitals participating in the WorkHealthy initiative. This year, three hospitals were recognized for reaching Gold Apple status, which is an achievement that had not yet been accomplished by a hospital in Oklahoma. These Gold Apple hospitals were Mercy Hospital Watonga, Arbuckle Memorial Hospital in Sulphur, and Duncan Regional Hospital.

A commitment to make Muskogee's streets safe and convenient to everyone regardless of their mode of transportation earned the city national recognition. 

A national organization ranked the city's complete streets policy, which city councilors adopted in February 2016, among the top five in the nation. The median score of the 222 policies adopted in 2016 was 80.8, and the complete streets policy adopted by Muskogee scored a 96 out of a possible score of 100.


Julie Bisbee

Julie Bisbee
Director of Public Information and Outreach