The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) recognized Pleasant Grove Public School on Friday for their efforts to encourage healthy behaviors in students, faculty and staff.
Pleasant Grove received a $13,500 incentive grant and used the funds to complete work on their ballfield, creating a level surface for walking, running, kickball, softball, baseball and other events and activities for students and the community.
“These grants recognize the effort of schools that are actively promoting healthy lifestyles. Studies show that active, healthy kids perform better in school,” said TSET Executive Director Julie Bisbee “Habits formed early last a lifetime and we want to recognize schools that are making the healthy choice the easy choice for students, staff and the community.”
Bisbee, State Senator Ron Sharp, and Sharon Howard, TSET healthy incentive program manager for schools, presented a plaque and a check to Superintendent Scott Roper. Representatives from Gateway to Prevention and Recovery with TSET”s Healthy Living Program were also present to congratulate the school district for creating a healthy environment for students, staff and the local community.
To receive the incentive grants, the districts put a variety of policies and strategies in place to promote health and wellness for students and staff.
The incentive grant criteria focus on strengthening policies and practices to improve school nutrition, increase physical activity, improve student wellbeing and provide tobacco-free environments for students, staff, faculty and families. These health-promoting practices and policies are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Incentive grants must fund projects or programs that improve health.
TSET was created by a constitutional amendment in 2000 as a long-term strategy to improve health and ensure settlement payments from a 1998 multi-state lawsuit against the tobacco industry are used to improve the health of all Oklahomans. The funds are placed in an endowment to ensure a growing funding source for generations to come. Only the earnings from the endowment are used to fund grants and programs.