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TSET Board of Directors Awards Healthy Schools and Districts Incentive Grants

OKLAHOMA CITY (September 25, 2015) – The TSET Board of Directors approved $171,000 in incentive grants for communities and schools at their quarterly board meeting this week.

Grants were awarded to two cities, four school districts and three school sites as part of the TSET Healthy Community and Healthy Schools incentive grant programs.

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 been 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.

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.”

Community Incentive Grant Awards

Grantee Award Amount Intended Use of Funds
City of Guthrie $37,000 Create a Downtown Guthrie Fit Park, accessible to all community members.
City of Elk City $45,000 Create a design plan of a 29.15 acre park designated for outdoor recreation only; including walking and bike trails, natural playgrounds.
TOTAL $82,000  

Healthy Districts Incentive Grant Awards

Grantee Award Amount Intended Use of Funds
Battiest Public School District $3,000 Strength training equipment
Kingston Public School District $5,000 CPR training supplies and Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) machines
Timberlake Public School District $3,000 Indoor recess equipment, Automatic External Defibrillators (AED), health education curriculum
Tulsa Public School District $50,000 Physical and nutritional education, counseling and wellness initiatives
TOTAL $61,000  

Healthy Schools Incentive Grant Awards

Grantee Award Amount Intended Use of Funds
Beggs Elementary $10,000 Playground equipment
Jenks West Elementary $10,000 Action-Based Learning Support equipment
Poteau High School $8,000 Purchase health screening and assessment items, health & physical education curriculum and supplies.
TOTAL $28,000  

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.