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TSET Board of Directors Approves Grants to Two Communities

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 12, 2014)– The TSET Board of Directors on Thursday approved $70,000 in grants to two communities implementing policies and strategies that work to increase healthy opportunities for residents.

Durant and Wilson received grants as part of the TSET Healthy Communities Incentive Grant Program.

TSET 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.

TSET’s incentive grant award amounts for communities are based on population and strategies implemented. Grant funds may be matched with other funds on projects that advance health.

Durant in Bryan County was awarded $50,000 and will use the funds to install 10 new baseball field lights at the Billy Miller Park. TSET funds will be matched with city funds and a grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to complete the project.

In Carter County, the city of Wilson will receive a $20,000 grant to improve water lines running from the swimming pool and splash pad that also connect to several Wilson Public Schools building. The current lines are too small, and residents cannot use the Wilson school gym when the pool and splash pad are open.

Grant criteria for the Healthy Communities Incentive Grants focus on community adoption of tobacco-free policies, availability of fresh fruits and vegetables, increasing opportunities for exercise and prevention education opportunities for citizens. Recipients determine what project best meets their city’s needs and efforts to promote health.

Since the Health Communities Incentive Grant program began two years ago, $442,000 in grant funds have been awarded to 31 communities.

“Communities are embracing their role in helping to improve opportunities for healthy choices where Oklahomans live, work, learn and play,” said Tracey Strader, TSET executive director. “TSET is proud to partner with communities taking strides to improve their communities and promote healthy lifestyles.”

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.