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June 15, 2017

This Father’s Day, Be Tobacco Free

FREE Services Available Through the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline

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The influence of a father in the lives of his children is unparalleled. This Father’s Day, the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline encourages fathers to take the first step to a healthier life for themselves and their families by quitting tobacco. 

Infants and young children are particularly vulnerable to secondhand smoke, as their bodies and lungs have not yet fully developed. Exposure to secondhand smoke can lead to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), ear infections, asthma attacks, bronchitis, pneumonia, low birth weight and more. This Father’s Day, families can support their fathers in maintaining a tobacco-free lifestyle.

Family and friends are encouraged to visit the “Help Someone Quit” page at OKhelpline.com for tips and advice to help loved ones quit tobacco.    

If you are thinking about quitting, click here to learn more about the free services available from the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline.

TSET Board of Directors Awards Healthy Schools and Communities Incentive Grants

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The TSET Board of Directors awarded a total of $172,500 to 6 communities, 16 school districts and 1 school site at its May board meeting.  

These grant funds are earmarked as part of a long-term, comprehensive effort to prevent Oklahoma kids from starting to smoke or becoming obese. Grants are awarded to communities and schools that have implemented key strategies to increase healthy opportunities for employees, residents, and students.

“By taking the actions recommended by the Certified Healthy Oklahoma Program and TSET Incentive Grant programs, these communities and schools are making meaningful changes that encourage Oklahomans to live a healthy lifestyle and prevent tobacco use and obesity before they take root,” said TSET Executive Director John Woods. “Combined with other prevention efforts, these communities and schools are working to reduce the demand on an already stressed health care system; saving lives and saving money.”

To learn more about TSET’s incentive grant program and to find out which communities and schools were awarded, click here.

Program Encourages Residents to Work it Off, Literally

TSET Healthy Living Grant Partnership in Logan County Encourages Residents to Get Active to Pay Off Library Fines

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A brisk walk or a few minutes on the treadmill could help pay off library fines in Logan County.

The TSET Healthy Living Program in Logan County has partnered with local gyms to help encourage residents to increase their physical activity by allowing residents to sweat off their library fines.

Exercise for Fines, is a program that allows library-card holders to visit their local YMCA or Anytime Fitness gym to exercise in exchange for paying off their library fines. For every 15 minutes of exercise, $1 of the fine is worked off.  

“Oklahoma is in the middle of an obesity epidemic,” said Courtney McLemore, TSET Healthy Living Program coordinator at the Logan County Health Department. “About 33 percent of adults and 17 percent of youth under age 18 are obese in the state. Exercise for Fines is a public health effort to help combat obesity statistics in a unique way.”

Local libraries started the program five years ago with help from the Logan County Health Department, which housed a TSET Communities of Excellence grant. The grantee helped design the program and promotes it each year through social media, local newspapers and word of mouth.

The program continues today and TSET now funds a Healthy Living Program grant which works with businesses, city governments, community organizations and schools to encourage healthy eating, physical activity and tobacco-free lifestyles.  

Logan County’s TSET Healthy Living Program has also partnered with local organizations for Guthrie Summer Streets, which promotes physical activity and raises awareness about the benefits of a walkable community.

Learn more about TSET’s Healthy Living Program and important partnerships for health in Logan County here

Prague Public Schools Honored for Promoting Health

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Pictured above: Prague Schools Superintendent Justin Lockwood; Elementary Principal Jennifer Smith; TSET Healthy Schools Incentive Grant Program Manager Sharon Howard

Prague Public School District was recently honored for their efforts to improve health through the Healthy School District Incentive Grant program.

The district plans on using the $5,000 incentive grant to purchase physical activity equipment and physical education curriculum. The equipment will also be used to enhance the Czech Point After School and summer reading and fitness programs. 

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