The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) has recently awarded nearly $4.6 million to fund 11 community projects aimed at improving health outcomes in the state by enhancing infrastructure. TSET will be funding projects such as the development of plans for community parks and trail systems, improvements to community fitness centers, and the creation of ADA-compliant sidewalks and playgrounds.
These projects are designed to promote physical activity, which can lead to reduced risk for obesity, heart disease, and stroke. Julie Bisbee, Executive Director of TSET, highlighted the link between environments that encourage physical activity and improved health outcomes. She emphasized the importance of creating public spaces that promote active lifestyles.
Several of the programs will be funded over three years, and TSET is excited to see how these projects will impact communities throughout Oklahoma. Bisbee stressed the significance of designing downtowns, parks, community centers, and other public spaces thoughtfully to encourage active lifestyles and promote overall health.