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TSET Board of Directors Awards Healthy School and Community Incentive Grants

OKLAHOMA CITY (November 20, 2015) – The TSET Board of Directors approved $79,000 in incentive grants for communities and school districts at their quarterly board meeting.

Grants were awarded to four cities and two school districts as part of the TSET Healthy Community and Healthy Schools incentive grant programs at the TSET Board of Directors quarterly board meeting earlier this month.

Grants are awarded to communities and schools that have implemented strategies to increase healthy opportunities for residents and students. TSET offers grants to communities and schools that met have criteria such as tobacco-free policies, health and wellness policies and increased opportunities for fruits and vegetables and physical activity.

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. The Healthy Incentive Grants to communities and schools are an ongoing budgeted grant program for FY 2016.

TSET’s incentive grants amounts are based on population and enrollment and the types of strategies implemented. Communities and schools are able to determine how the incentive funds will be used to promote health in their communities. Grant funds are frequently used to leverage other funds to projects that advance health.

We are pleased to partner to help create healthy opportunities for communities and schools. These efforts benefit Oklahomans in many ways including improved health and increased academic performance at schools,” said TSET Executive Director Tracey Strader. “We want to recognize communities and schools that are making the healthy choice the easy choice.

Healthy Community Incentive Grant Awards                                                                

Grantee Award Amount
City of Frederick $16,000
Town of Laverne $20,000
Town of Warner $20,000
City of Woodward $10,000
TOTAL $66,000
 
Healthy Districts Incentive Grant Awards  
 
Grantee Award Amount
Thackerville Schools $3,000
Miami Public Schools $10,000
TOTAL $13,000
 

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 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.