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February Newsletter

February 28, 2017

School Districts, Sites Honored for Work to Promote Health

Jenks Big Check

Pictured Above: TSET Executive Director John Woods; Rep. Scott McEachin; Assistant Superintendent Debbie Burchfield; Principals Jazzman Peaden & Kim Wilson; PE Teacher Suzanne Cyrus; Site Principal Suzanne Lair; Rep. Glen Mulready; Tulsa Health Dept. Executive Director Dr. Bruce Dart and Secretary of Health and Human Services and Commissioner of Health Dr. Terry Cline 

Three school districts and two sites were honored recently for their work to promote health. All honorees were awarded incentive grants based on enrollment and the implementation of strategies to improve health outcomes for their students.

Lone GroveLone Grove Public Schools were awarded a $5,000 incentive grant. Lone Grove Public Schools plan to use grant funds to purchase three Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s) and a hydration station.

ZaneisZaneis Public Schools plan on using their $2,625 incentive grant award to purchase Physical Education equipment and staff development training.

Jenks East and West Elementary SchoolsIn order for Jenks East and Jenks West Elementary Schools to be eligible for a school incentive grant, the Jenks Public School District was first awarded a district grant.

Jenks East Elementary was awarded a one star school incentive grant in the amount of $4,000. They will use the funds to purchase equipment for their action-based learning lab and equipment for health assessments.

Jenks West Elementary is the second school in the state to be awarded a 3 star incentive grant. This school plans on using their $10,000 grant for Action Based Learning Equipment, kinesthetic classroom and health/safety equipment.

SeminoleSeminole Public Schools plan on using their $5,000 incentive grant award to purchase Physical Education & playground equipment. 

Learn more about TSET's Healthy Schools Incentive Grants here

TSET Hosts Educational Event for Lawmakers


Pictured Above: Reps. Leslie Osborn and Johnny Tadlock; TSET Executive Director John Woods

TSET Executive Director, John Woods and representatives from the TSET Board of Directors, Stephenson Cancer Center, Oklahoma State University and the Healthy Living Program came together in February to discuss TSET’s partnerships and impact on the health of Oklahomans with newly elected lawmakers.

“I’ve been on the board 2 years and during that time, I’ve come to see that what Oklahoma did is truly a model for the nation,” said TSET Board of Directors Vice Chair Bruce Benjamin. “While many states securitized their lawsuit settlement payments up front for immediate needs, bi-partisan legislative leaders, a Republican governor, and wise Oklahoma voters created the endowment and that strategy is paying off.”


Check out TSET’s local impact pages, which breakdown TSET grants by county and legislative district. 

Sugar Sweetened Beverage Education at Mission of Mercy

Mission of Mercy Image

Shape Your Future teamed up with the Oklahoma Dental Association at the 2017 Oklahoma Mission of Mercy, a free two-day pop-up dental clinic providing cleanings, fillings extractions and other dental care.

During the clinic, organizers shared information about the impact sugary drinks have on teeth and body, and the benefits the benefits of choosing healthy, hydrating water.

It’s no secret that beverages like soda, sports drinks and juice boxes contain loads of added sugar, which is bad for your teeth and gums, but these drinks are also associated with weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes and an array of other negative health effects.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the majority of young adult Oklahomans ages 18-34 drink at least one sugary drink per day – more than any other state in the United States.

Shape Your Future displayed this messaging at the eighth annual Oklahoma Mission of Mercy in Woodward through informational banners that compared sugary drink content to a number of sugary treats. The Mission served 1,322 patients over two days.

If your organization is interested in learning more about teaming up with Shape Your Future, contact elysem@tset.ok.gov. You can also order free Rethink Your Drink posters here.

Smoking - It'll Break Your Heart

Heart Month

Smoking is a major cause of cardiovascular disease. Even people who smoke fewer than five cigarettes a day show signs of early stages of cardiovascular disease, but the good news is choosing to live a tobacco-free life can help reduce the risk of these tobacco-related heart-health conditions.

After just 20 minutes of quitting tobacco, a person’s previously heightened heart rate and blood pressure drop significantly, and after 1 year of quitting tobacco, a person’s excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker’s.

Learn about the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline's free services at 1-800-QUIT NOW or by visiting OKhelpline.com

Grantee Spotlight: Research

Research Spotlight

TSET works to promote new scientific discoveries and give Oklahomans access to cutting-edge cancer treatments by funding three major research programs – the Stephenson Cancer Center, Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center, and the Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research.

Stephenson Cancer Center TSET Phase I Clinical Trials Program at the Stephenson Cancer Center provides an opportunity for cancer patients to access the most advanced targeted therapies by participating in early drug trials, giving patients access to a new generation of personalized and targeted therapies to help researchers determine their effectiveness and safety. 

Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center (OTRC) The OTRC funds behavioral and biomedical research in cancer and tobacco-related diseases.These investments move the Stephenson Cancer Center closer to earning a “comprehensive cancer center” designation from the National Cancer Institute, opening the door to significant external resources to support cancer research.

Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research (OCASCR) OCASCR promotes research in the emerging field of adult stem cell research by awarding research grants to scientists in Oklahoma, recruiting researchers to the state and conducting public education. OCASCR’s goal is to establish Oklahoma's excellence in one of the fastest-growing areas of medical research and serve as a trusted resource for public information.

Read more about TSET’s investment in research on NewsOK

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