USD #475 has received a Pathways to a Healthy Kansas Implementation Grant of $11, 440 to go toward purchasing kits to convert at least one water cooler in each school in the Geary County school district and St. Xavier’s to a water bottle filling station.
The equipment will enable students to have access to filtered drinking water throughout the school day. Filtered water bottle filling stations will give students the healthy drinking option they need. Luan Sparks, Executive Director of Student Support Services,
Geary County is one of 16 Kansas communities selected to participate in the Pathways to a Healthy Kansas program, which is the largest community grant program ever funded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. Live Well Geary County has received a $100,000 coordination grant; Geary County schools, worksites, restaurants, food retail outlets
Schools are able to apply for up to $60,000 in grant funds available through the Schools Pathway to enact policies and procedures to attain the Modeling level of the Kansas State Department’s Wellness Policy Guidelines in the areas of Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Nutrition Promotion and Education.
The Pathways program provides community coalitions, like Live Well Geary County, with the tools and resources needed to remove barriers and engage their communities in ways that enable healthy eating and tobacco-free, active living to become a way of life. Funded communities work in several sectors in order to build and sustain healthy environments for their residents, including community policy, resident/community well-being, food retail, health care providers, restaurants, schools
Joe Handlos, Live Well Geary County, 785-210-7423
Susan Jagerson, Pathways to a Healthy Kansas Geary County, 785-223-1654
Mat Droge, USD #475, 785-717-4066
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Luan Sparks USD 475 Director Student Support Services
Willie Delatorre USD 475 Operations Manager
David Wild USD 475 Chief Operations Officer
Joe Handlos Live Well Geary County, Chair