The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust has announced nearly $4.6 million in funding for 11 community projects aimed at improving health outcomes in the state by enhancing infrastructure. TSET will be supporting initiatives such as the development of community parks and trail systems, improvements to fitness centers, and the creation of ADA-compliant sidewalks and playgrounds.
The 11 awardees and their respective projects are detailed in the funding breakdown. These projects aim to improve walkability, accessibility, and overall community infrastructure to promote physical activity, which can lead to reduced risk for obesity, heart disease, and stroke.
TSET Executive Director Julie Bisbee emphasized the link between environments that encourage physical activity and improved health outcomes. She highlighted the importance of designing public spaces thoughtfully to promote active lifestyles and overall wellness.
Several of the programs will be funded over three years, allowing TSET to track progress and evaluate the impact of these initiatives on communities throughout Oklahoma. Bisbee expressed excitement about seeing how these projects will make a positive difference in people’s lives across the state.