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TSET Board of Directors Awards $21,000 in Healthy Schools Incentive Grants

OKLAHOMA CITY (Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016) – The TSET Board of Directors approved $21,000 in grants to three school districts and three school sites through the TSET Healthy Schools Incentive Grant program on Thursday at its quarterly board meeting.

Grants are awarded to schools that have implemented key strategies to increase healthy opportunities for employees and students. Key strategies for schools include a district wellness policy that focuses on better nutrition and more physical activity to improve the health of students. Schools must also provide a tobacco-free, vape free environment at all times on school property and at school sponsored events.

As a result of implementing these key strategies, schools are able to determine how the incentive funds will be used to promote health. Grant funds are frequently used to leverage other funds for projects that advance health. Incentive grants amounts are based on enrollment and the types of strategies implemented.

The school districts that received incentive grants plan to purchase playground and exercise equipment, automated external defibrillators (AED) devices, and a hydration station to provide fresh, clean drinking water. Two school sites plan to use funds for Action Based Learning equipment which combines learning and physical activity. Research shows that children who are physically active perform better academically.

TSET incentive grants are available to communities and schools that have received certification through the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program, which 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.

“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 they take 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.”

Healthy District Incentive Grant Awards

GRANTEE

AWARD AMOUNT

Clayton Public Schools

$3,000

Lone Grove Public Schools

$5,000

Seminole Public Schools

$5,000

TOTAL

$13,000

Healthy Schools Incentive Grant Awards

GRANTEE

AWARD AMOUNT

Ardmore Middle School

$3,000

Coyle High School

$1,000

Jenks East Elementary

$4,000

TOTAL

$8,000

For more information, contact:
Julie Bisbee
julieb@tset.ok.gov
(405) 521-4992
Mobile (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 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.