It is important to note that this program respects the ceremonial use of tobacco and its sacred use in tribal ceremonies.
The TSET Healthy Living Program envisions a strong and effective grassroots movement in which partnerships and community activism play an important role in diminishing the adverse impact caused by the use of tobacco industry products, lack of physical activity, and poor nutritional health.
2007: Great Plains Youth & Family Services, Inc. (GPYFS) was awarded a Communities of Excellence in Tobacco Control grant from the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET). The coverage area included Caddo and Kiowa Counties.
2011: GPYFS received a Communitites of Excellence physical activity and nutrition grant from TSET to address obesity issues in Caddo and Kiowa Counties.
2015: GPYFS was awarded the Healthy Living Program grant to continue efforts surrounding tobacco prevention, physical activity, and nutrition in this coverage area.
A program of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET)
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1996: Oklahoma became the 14th state to file suit against the Tobacco Industry to recover tax dollars lost treating smoking-related illnesses.
1998: 46 states negotiated a Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) with the Tobacco Industry. As a result of the MSA, the tobacco industry is projected to pay Oklahoma approximately $2 billion over the first 25 years of the settlement.
2000: Oklahoma's Constitution was amended by a vote of the people to place a portion of each year's tobacco settlement payments into the newly formed endowment trust fund.
2004: Sixteen community program grants were funded in Oklahoma.
*Tobacco is Oklahoma's leading cause of preventable death, killing more Oklahomans each year than alcohol, auto accidents, AIDS, suicides, murders, and illegal drugs combined.
*Secondhand smoke exposure causes heart disease, cancer, and respiratory disease among nonsmokers, killing an estimated 700 Oklahomans each year.
*Oklahoma's adult obesity rate is 33 percent. Oklahoma now has the sixth highest obesity rate in the nation.
The TSET Healthy Living Program strives to change social norms in Caddo and Kiowa Counties and improve outcomes in the areas of tobacco control, nutrition, and physical activity.
We work within four sectors:
*Cities & Governments
*Pumpkin Palooza 5K/1 Mile
*Celebration of Freedom
5K/1 Mile Fun Run
*Relay for Life
*Kiowa County Farmers
*Kiowa County Children's Fun
*Anadarko Monster Mash
*Witchita Tribe Annual Spirit
*Native American Injury
Prevention Council Safety Day
*Kiowa Tribe Back to School
*Hobart Elementary AR Fun