The project was funded through a $495,000 TSET grant in November 2022.
NewView Oklahoma, an organization supporting individuals with vision loss, recently opened its new walking path and accessible garden.
This project was funded through a $495,000 grant awarded by the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust of Oklahoma (TSET) in November 2022.
The TSET grant will fund a holistic wellness initiative aimed at improving health outcomes for NewView’s clients and employees. The initiative encompasses various elements, including the creation of an accessible outdoor wellness space, tailored physical activity programs for blind youth and adults, and dedicated wellness programs for blind employees.
Located at NewView’s manufacturing plant in downtown Oklahoma City, the walking path and accessible garden provide a safe and inclusive environment for employees, clients and community members experiencing low vision. This new space encourages physical activity, fostering a sense of well-being and promoting healthier lifestyles among individuals with vision loss.
“We are grateful to TSET for funding this initiative for our clients and employees,” said Lauren Brand, president and CEO of NewView Oklahoma. “The walking path just opened and already our employees are taking advantage of the safe and accessible space to get outside and move.”
The initiative addresses a pressing issue concerning the health disparities faced by individuals with vision loss. Research conducted by The Ohio State University, in collaboration with VisionServe Alliance, revealed that individuals living with vision loss are more prone to stroke, heart disease and diabetes. By implementing this health and wellness program, NewView Oklahoma aims to make a substantial impact on the overall well-being of its clients and employees.
“We want this to be a place of community, wellness and learning,” said Damon Swift, COO of NewView Oklahoma. “A place where people can come together to grow healthy foods and get movement in safely.”