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TSET July Newsletter

July 31, 2015

Director's column: New program integrates work in tobacco and obesity prevention

July marks the beginning of the TSET Healthy Living Grant Program in communities across the state. In May, the TSET Board of Directors awarded grants to 50 organizations that are working across 63 counties to engage businesses, schools, cities, and community groups in creating meaningful opportunities for Oklahomans to eat better, more move and be tobacco free.

 The TSET Healthy Living program is a 5-year grant program that takes an integrated approach to addressing our leading causes of death – cancer and cardiovascular disease – by preventing and reducing tobacco use and obesity.

Healthy Living grantees represent a wide variety of organizations including non-profits, hospitals and county health departments. They bring strong relationships with local leaders and a demonstrated commitment to improving health.

We are excited to welcome eleven organizations and 12 counties that have not previously held a TSET grant. Check out the list of funded organizations on our website.

Muskogee recieves a $50,000 Healthy Community Incentive Grant

City of Muskogee

From left to right: Mayor Bob Coburn, Program Manager Healthy Community Incentive Grant progam Connie Befort, Cherokee Nation Public Health Educator Jason Shelor and Healthy Living Coordinator D'Elbie Walker

The City of Muskogee is the recipient of a $50,000 TSET Healthy Community Incentive Grant award at the silver level. The funds will be used to promote physical activity and improve nutrition, including supporting the city’s community garden, wellness trainings, sports equipment and hosting a youth triathlon as part of the youth wellness campaign. 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.

Case Studies from Community Coalitions: Advancing Local Tobacco Control Policy in a Preemptive State

Community coalitions often lead the way in safeguarding community health by promoting social norm change through policy adoption. In some states, tobacco control laws are weak, in part because of tobacco industry efforts to promote passage of state laws. These laws prohibit or pre-empt communities from enacting local ordinances to protect citizens from secondhand smoke. Oklahoma statutes make our state one of the most preemptive states in the nation. However, several local coalitions have succeeded in promoting sustainable changes that create and support healthier environments.

Innovative cancer treatment research seeks ways to improve patients’ quality of life

Dr. Hile


Researcher Spotlight: Elizabeth Hile PhD, PT, NCS, CLT

Elizabeth Hile, director of Cancer Rehabilitation Science Program at Stephenson Cancer Center and assistant professor at OUHSC College of Allied Health, came to Oklahoma from Pittsburgh to start a new program focusing on the rehabilitation for cancer survivors and to conduct innovative research to support the growing field with TSET funding in the amount of $225,000. Hile, a TSET Researcher at SCC, is part of a team researching approaches to lessen or prevent side effects of chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Rehabilitation for cancer survivors is not new, but Hile and her team are taking a proactive model approach, evaluating and educating patients before they begin their cancer treatments so they can recognize side-effects (and offer intervention) earlier.



Check out the new Shape Your Future website

SYF Website


Shape Your Future has launched its new website with additional resources to help Oklahomans eat better, move more and be tobacco free. The new website, ShapeYourFutureOK.com offers new social and interactive features like shareable and printable recipes, video workouts, resources for schools and workplaces, downloadable flyers, posters and classroom activities and a whole lot more.

Do you have a story to share about how you and your family, community or workplace are eating better, moving more or being tobacco free? We’d love to hear it! Share your story here!  

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