OSU-OKC Receives TSET Grant for Health-Promoting Projects in Oklahoma
New grant will target active living, nutrition, policy and built environment
Oklahoma City (June 3, 2022) – Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City will soon launch Cowboy Fit: Wellness Empowerment for Underserved Populations after receiving $500,000 from the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) as part of an initiative to promote physical activity and healthier lifestyles, strengthen health policies and improve infrastructure.
Funds will be used to renovate the walking track, install an outdoor fitness pad with exercise equipment, and launch a series of wellness educational events.
“A safe and more usable walking track and outdoor fitness pad, coupled with on-site, virtual, and off-site wellness educational events, will empower students, employees, and community members to increase their level of physical activity and decrease their risk for chronic health conditions,” said Jackie Weston, senior director of Institutional Grants and Compliance at OSU-OKC.
The award falls under a two-part funding opportunity offered by TSET – called Innovations in Active Living and Healthy Eating Grants and Policy and Built Environment Grants – that support immediate, impactful programs to improve the health of Oklahomans. The TSET Board of Directors on May 5 approved the awarding of nine grants between the two funding opportunities that totaled $2.8 million.
“The projects and improvements are exciting, innovative and bring together local partners to tackle the complex issue of improving health behaviors in communities across the state,” said Julie Bisbee, TSET executive director. “These projects demonstrate thoughtful, long-term visions about how to equip communities with resources to help all Oklahomans make healthy choices.”
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The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working toward 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. To learn more, visit Oklahoma.gov/TSET.