Healthy snacks, weights, and tape measure

USD 475 promotes wellness for students, staff, and our community by sharing how healthy choices will improve the quality of their lives.   The district also strives to demonstrate progress on the Kansas wellness policy standards in nutrition, nutrition promotion and education, physical activity as well as integrated wellness in the USD 475 community.  This includes sharing relevant and timely wellness information with our learning community and collaborating with other agencies to share resources and address mutual wellness goals.  In addition, we implement a variety of wellness activities for staff throughout the school year.  As the district’s wellness coordinator it is my pleasure to work collaboratively with students, parents, colleagues, and patrons to enhance wellness opportunities at school and in our community.

The district also offers District Dish, online news, through connectED where you can find healthy recipes and opportunities to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

Community Resources

Live Well Geary County
Live Well Geary County is an organization of local agencies working together to advance policy, systems, and environmental changes that make it easier for Geary County, Kansas residents to lead healthy lives.
Healthly Fundraisers
A link from the United States Department of Agriculture that shares resources and ideas on how to make your fundraisers healthy.
Kansas School Wellness Policy Guidelines
The Kansas School Wellness Policy Guidelines provide guidance on how to establish and implement local school wellness policies in the areas of nutrition and physical activity.


Joe HandlosJoe Handlos
Wellness Program Manager

The Wellness Program Manager oversees the Employee Wellness Program for the USD 475 district. This program encourages healthy eating habits, exercising, and tobacco-free policies through thoughtfully designed motivational activities throughout the school year.