OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 13, 2014) – The TSET Board of Directors on Thursday approved a $45,000 grant to the City of Seminole for implementing policies and strategies that encourage residents to eat better, move more, and be tobacco free.
The City of Seminole received a grant as part of the TSET Healthy Communities Incentive grant program, which offers incentive grants to communities that have been recognized through the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program and have met the 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.
The amount of each TSET incentive grant is based on population size and strategies implemented. Grant funds may be matched with other funds on projects that advance health.
Seminole was awarded $45,000 and will use the funds to expand lighting on walking trails, increasing the safety of the trails at night. The City of Seminole received a similar Healthy Communities Incentive Grant in 2013, using funds to begin improvements to the community’s walking trails.
Grant criteria for the Healthy Communities Incentive Grants focus on communities that are tobacco-free, working to make fresh fruits and vegetables more available, increasing opportunities for physical activity, and promoting mental health and substance abuse prevention resources for citizens. The City of Seminole and other incentive grant recipients use the awards for a project of their choice that will promote health within the community. Since the Health Communities Incentive Grant program began two years ago, $487,000 in grant funds have been awarded to 31 communities.
“The City of Seminole is doing its part to encourage Oklahomans to be physically active and embrace a healthy lifestyle,” said Tracey Strader, TSET executive director. “Communities are taking an active role in helping to make the healthy choice, the easy choice. This type of leadership helps our state move closer toward a state of health.”
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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. To learn more go to tset.ok.gov.