The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust has 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 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 importance of creating public spaces that encourage active lifestyles and promote overall health. “We know that environments that support physical activity can have a significant impact on health outcomes,” she said. “That’s why we are investing in these projects to help communities across Oklahoma create more opportunities for physical activity.”
Several of the programs will be funded over three years, with TSET looking forward to seeing how these projects will impact communities throughout the state. Bisbee stressed the significance of designing downtowns, parks, community centers, and other public spaces thoughtfully to encourage active lifestyles and promote overall health. “We want to make sure that our investments are making a real difference in people’s lives,” she said. “By supporting these projects