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Krebs receives $20000 healthy living grant

The city of Krebs received a $20,000 grant from the TSET Healthy Living Program on Tuesday night during its regular city council meeting at Krebs City Hall.

Courtney Owen, Wellness Coordinator with the TSET Healthy Living Program at the Pittsburg County Health Department, presented a check for the TSET Certified Healthy Incentive Grant to the council during the meeting.

“I am proud to recognize the city of Krebs for implementing policy and creating opportunities within your community to make the healthy choice the easy choice,” Owen told the council. “By taking the actions recommended by Certified Healthy Oklahoma and the TSET Incentive Grant program your community has made meaningful changes that encourage citizens to live a healthy lifestyle and prevent tobacco use and obesity.”

Owen said the city of Krebs was selected to receive the grant because the city shows progress in working to reduce chronic disease and obesity by passing the Tobacco Free City Owned Property Ordinance, the Complete Streets Resolution and the Healthy Food Retail Resolution over the last two years.

City of Krebs Mayor Bobby Watkins said he has seen an improvement in the city since the policies were implemented.

“You can’t smoke on the city of Krebs property,” Watkins said. “That goes for our employees at City Hall — no smoking on city property or in their cars.”

Wellness Coordinator Michelle Mabray said the mayor also designated a task force to help make access to healthy food for city residents easier and the task force has been integrated into the TSET Healthy Living FEAST program. FEAST stands for Food, Education, Agriculture, Solutions, Together and is an event that brings together all voices in the community about how to improve the food system in Pittsburg County.

“The city of Krebs has also done some work beyond what was required for the grant by providing tobacco literature and suicide prevention resources available to the community,” she said.

Owen said the grant is intended to be used for upgrades to the city’s walking track.

“It is our hope with this $20,000, you will be able to improve your community walking track to have a safe and fun place for families to enjoy physical activity,” Owen said.

Watkins said he feels grateful for the recognition and looks forward to improving the city’s walking track.

“We sure do appreciate this and thank TSET for the gift for citizens so we can upgrade our walking track,” Watkins said.

Owen presented the check to Watkins and gave a special thanks to Krebs Superintendent Ed Klink and Krebs City Clerk/Treasurer Kay Scott for their leadership and commitment to health.

“Congratulations to the city of Krebs and thank you for your commitment to improving health and wellness in your community,” Owen said.

Mabray said 10 communities in Pittsburg County have gone tobacco-free while the TSET Healthy Living Incentive grant was available.

For more information contact Mabray at 918-426-7353.

Contact Lacey Sudderth at lsudderth@mcalesternews.com

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