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TSET Board of Directors Awards Healthy School and Community Incentive Grants

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 25, 2016) – Eleven grants for communities and school districts were approved at the TSET Board of Directors meeting.

In total, $134,000 was awarded to six cities and five school districts as part of the TSET Healthy Community and Healthy Schools Incentive Grant programs. These grant funds are earmarked as part of a long-term, comprehensive effort to prevent Oklahoma kids from starting to smoke or become obese. The TSET Board of Directors is committed to sustaining the incentive grant program and other grant commitments even as the board addresses a decrease in endowment earnings and has postponed funding new grant initiatives.

Grants are awarded to communities and schools that have implemented key strategies to increase healthy opportunities for employees, residents, 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.

In communities, key strategies for health include tobacco-free environments, suicide prevention, active living and offering and promoting fruits and vegetables through community gardens, farmers markets and making healthy foods more appealing and affordable.

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.

As a result of implementing these key strategies, communities and 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 population and enrollment and the types of strategies implemented.

“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 Community Incentive Grant Awards

GRANTEE AWARD AMOUNT
Town of Boynton $20,000
Town of Council Hill $20,000
Town of Haskell $20,000
Town of Oktaha $20,000
Town of Summit $20,000
Town of Taft $20,000
TOTAL $120,000

Healthy School District Incentive Grant Awards

GRANTEE AWARD AMOUNT
Greasy School District $1,500
Henryetta School District $5,000
Moffett School District $1,500
Okeene School District $3,000
Shattuck School District $3,000
TOTAL $14,000

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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.