OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Avery Frix, R-Muskogee, today commented on the announcement that a Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) Healthy Incentive Grant had been awarded to Oktaha Public Schools.
The $20,000 grant will help purchase new playground equipment, install shading and build a walking path, all in an effort to give children more opportunities to be physically active.
“I’m thankful for this grant that will benefit the students at Oktaha Schools,” Frix said. “I know they’ll enjoy playing on the new playground and using the walking path, and this will improve their overall health at the same time. I’m also grateful for TSET’s continued recognition of House District 13 in awarding grants.”
Last July, the Muskogee County Health Department was awarded a new 5-year Healthy Living Program grant to help improve health of the residents in the department’s service area of McIntosh, Muskogee, Hughes and Okfuskee counties. The grant is being used to help reduce tobacco use, improve nutrition, and increase physical activity to decrease premature death.
The initial grant worked to help pass 47 tobacco-free policies and 41 wellness policies, and helped move health outcomes forward directly improving the lives of 56,431 people.
TSET Healthy Incentive Grants are awarded to schools and communities that have implemented sustainable policies and strategies to encourage Oklahomans to adopt healthier lifestyles. This is in line with TSET’s constitutional mandate to improve the health of Oklahomans. Adopted policies focus on tobacco-free environments, increased access to nutritious foods and opportunities for physical activity.
TSET Healthy Incentive Grants recognize the important role schools and local governments have in encouraging healthy lifestyles. After schools and local communities adopt health-promoting policies they can apply for our incentive grant program. The incentive grants can be used for locally selected improvement projects that advance health.
Incentive grant amounts vary based on community population, school enrollment size and the types of health-promoting strategies enacted. Grant recipients frequently use grant funding to leverage additional partners for health-promoting projects. These grants are provided to improve health, reduce risk factors that lead to heart disease and cancer, and to improve the quality of life for Oklahomans.