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Norman Public School District receives largest-ever TSET grant

 The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) has awarded $100,000 to the Norman Public School District in recognition of the district’s policies to promote healthy habits for students, teachers and staff. To date, the grant is the largest TSET Healthy Incentive grant to be awarded and further expands the school district’s established partnership with Norman Regional Health System.

 “This is an incredible opportunity for our district,” said Dr. Nick Migliorino, Norman Public School District superintendent. “The health and safety of our students is a top priority, and these funds will allow us to enhance our tobacco prevention programs and invest in much-needed health services equipment. We appreciate the work TSET does in our community and the investments they have made in our students.”

 Grant funds will be used to educate students on the dangers of smoking, vaping, e-cigarettes, juuling and other tobacco products. Additionally, funds will be used to purchase health services screening equipment, open an action-based learning center, support staff development and more.

 “Our TSET representatives work in tandem with Norman Public Schools to make our district a healthier place for students and teachers,” said Richie Splitt, president and CEO of Norman Regional Health System. “The Cleveland County TSET Healthy Living Program is another example of Norman Regional’s commitment to our partnership with Norman Public Schools and to the health and wellness of our entire community.”

 In 2015, TSET awarded a five-year Healthy Living grant to Norman Regional Health System to work with local municipalities, businesses, civic organizations and schools to advance their shared goal of promoting healthy communities. Known as the TSET Healthy Living Program Serving Cleveland County, the partnership aims to prevent and reduce tobacco use and obesity while also reducing premature deaths from cancer and cardiovascular disease.

“The Norman Public School District’s wellness has come such a long way, but this is still just the beginning,” said Hilary Hullinger, TSET school coordinator for Cleveland County. “We know health and education go hand-in-hand and the effects of this award will be seen greatly in all the students. We are so excited to continue working with Norman Public Schools and know this grant will add to an already solid foundation of wellness in the school district.”

The Healthy Living Program works closely with the Norman Public School District to update the district’s wellness policy, which supports nutritional changes that lead to the adoption of healthier behaviors while providing an environment that encourages healthy eating habits and physical activity among students and staff. Each school across the district now will be eligible to apply for additional TSET grants of up to $30,000 per school.

Norman Regional Health System and the TSET Healthy Living Program have also assisted the district with Certified Healthy School applications, 24/7 tobacco sign evaluations, PTA training regarding Smart Snack Guidelines and more. As a result, the Norman Public School District has been recognized as a Certified Healthy Business and every school in the district has been designated as a Certified Healthy School.


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