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November 30, 2017

TSET Healthy Schools Incentive Grant Program Manager recognized for contributions to improving health

Sharon Howard Award

Congratulations to Sharon Howard, our Healthy Schools Incentive Grant Program Manager, who was recently awarded the 2017 Oklahoma Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (OAHPERD) Presidential Citation.

The Presidential Citation is given to an individual or agency in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of OAHPERD’s programs and services. Candidates were selected by the president of the Association.

Sharon serves as an adviser to the State Certified Healthy Schools Committee and serves on the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan (OHIP) health education committee. She has partnered with OAHPERD to provide resources for national speakers especially in the areas of physical activity and nutrition.

Sharon also has over 30 years of experience in hospital, outpatient, and education settings. She is a registered nurse who previously served as the health services coordinator for Norman Public Schools, the senior nurse at Moore Public Schools, a telephone triage nurse at Children’s Hospital and clinic manager for pediatric gastroenterology at Children’s Hospital. 

Congratulations, Sharon! 

Great American Smokeout highlights free services offered to Oklahomans who want to quit tobacco use

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For over 40 years, the Great American Smokeout (GASO) has symbolized a new beginning for tobacco users around the country. On November 16, smokers across Oklahoma were encouraged to quit tobacco for a day, or a lifetime.

Last year, hundreds of Oklahomans utilized Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline services during GASO. Each year, millions of Americans participate in the event by putting down their cigarettes for at least one day.

FREE services from the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline are available every day of the year. The Helpline provides smokers with 24/7 tools and support to quit tobacco their own way. That includes free text and email support, phone and web coaching, patches, gum or lozenges and more for registered participants.

Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit to explore all the free services and resources available to Oklahomans. Connect with the Helpline through social media by liking the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline on Facebook or following @OKhelpline on Twitter and Instagram.

NewsOK: Tobacco industry’s corrective statements are major milestone in battle to end smoking

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It’s been more than a decade since a federal court found the tobacco industry guilty of racketeering and fraud and ordered the nation’s largest tobacco companies to pay for a series of ads admitting their efforts to mislead the public about the dangers of smoking, dangers of secondhand smoke and addictive nature of nicotine. After years of appeals, these companies began publishing these corrective statements on Sunday, contradicting some of their long-held positions on the dangers of tobacco use. Corrective statements will be published in the Black Chronicle in Oklahoma, per a judge’s order, and will appear on television weekly.  

Read more about the tobacco industry’s corrective statements on NewsOK

TSET-funded Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research (OCASCR) grant proposal deadline approaching

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The Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research (OCASCR) is now accepting research and education grant proposals through January 29. To view frequently asked questions and to find contact information for additional questions about the application process, click here.

With TSET funding, OCASCR recruits trained stem cell biologists to Oklahoma, attracts local investigators to the field, supports their research and educates the public. Fourteen scientists received research grants from OCASCR between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.