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Weatherford Awarded $45,000 Healthy Community Incentive Grant

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 12, 2016) – Officials with TSET honored the City of Weatherford on Thursday for its efforts to improve the health and quality of life in their community.

The City of Weatherford was awarded a $45,000 incentive grant at the Silver and Gold levels for adopting policies and strategies that promote health and quality of life in their community. The city has utilized the funds for an outdoor fitness system. The fitness system has been installed at Radar Park along the 2-mile walking trail. This equipment benefits any age and encourages citizens to participate in physical activity.

This is the second Healthy Communities Incentive Grant received by the city.  In 2013, the TSET Board of Directors awarded a $5,000 grant to the city. Grant funds were used to connect the existing 1-mile walk/running Sand Plum trail to the fishing pond road, giving walkers a 2-mile route.

TSET’s incentive grant funding for communities is based on population size and the types of strategies implemented. Cities that have met TSET’s criteria and been awarded a grant are able to determine how the incentive funding will be used to promote health in their communities. Grant funds are frequently used to leverage other funds for community projects that advance health.

TSET offers incentive grants to eligible communities that have met criteria established for the program such as tobacco-free policies, availability of fresh fruits and vegetables, and increasing opportunities for residents to become more physically active. 

To be eligible to apply communities must first have been recognized through the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program, a partnership between the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, the Oklahoma Turning Point Council, the State Chamber and the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Since the Healthy Communities Incentive Grant program began four years ago, $1.9 million in grant funds have been awarded to 50 communities.

“We are thrilled to offer incentives to cities and towns that have taken action to improve health in their communities,” said Tracey Strader, TSET executive director. “Working together we can make the healthy choice, the easy choice, where Oklahomans live, work, learn and play.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Julie Bisbee, julieb@tset.ok.gov
Direct: 405-521-4992
Cell: 405-301-3693

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.