The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust has awarded $4.6 million in funding to 11 community projects aimed at improving health outcomes in the state by enhancing infrastructure. TSET will be supporting projects such as the development of community parks and trail systems, improvements to fitness centers, and the creation of ADA-compliant sidewalks and playgrounds.
The goal of these projects is 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 designing public spaces thoughtfully to encourage active lifestyles and promote overall health.
The 11 awardees and their respective projects are listed below:
* City of Claremore: Development of a new multi-use trail system with ADA-compliant features
* City of Norman: Construction of an outdoor fitness center with equipment accessible for all abilities
* Oklahoma City County Health Department: Creation of a new park with walking trails, picnic areas, and a dog park accessible through an ADA-compliant entrance
* YMCA Mid-America: Improvements to existing fitness centers throughout the state with ADA-compliant design elements
* Boys & Girls Clubs of America – Oklahoma Area Council: Development of new playgrounds at multiple locations throughout the state with ADA-compliant features
* Community Action Agency – Oklahoma City Area Branch: Construction of new community centers with ADA-compliant entrances and interior design elements that promote physical activity