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Our students and teachers benefit from engaging and meaningful wellness-based learning experiences provided by the Byrnes Health Education Center.  The Center’s programming is relevant and focused on present-day issues that meet the wellness needs of our students and community while supporting our teachers’ and district’s goal of impacting our learners in the classroom today and beyond.

Dr. Robert L. Walker


Kreutz Creek Elementary School

Eastern York School District


Our History

In 1988, Susan P. Byrnes R.N. made a decision to devote her life to the prevention of premature deaths through unhealthy lifestyle choices.

In 1989, with support from hundreds of dedicated business professionals, healthcare providers, educators, parents and organizations that sustain our communities every day, the Central PA Health Education Center was incorporated.

In 1995, after six years of planning and preparation, the bright red doors of the newly dedicated and renamed, Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center, were opened to the children and citizens of Central PA and Northern MD.

What began as two teaching theaters in a refurbished, downtown, historic car dealership site has blossomed into today’s 20,000 sq. ft. home with five teaching theaters and a large portfolio of specialized educational offerings. The Byrnes Health Education Center has unlimited reach.  In 2019 health education programming was delivered to students and adults in 236 school buildings, 71 school districts, 18 states and 4 Canadian provinces.  Our impact continues with adult wellness programs offered to businesses and corporations as well as out parenting programs and educator professional development offerings.

One nurse’s dream, to educate children and adults of all ages about the wonders of their incredible bodies and inspire people to build a life of healthy lifestyle choices has now reached over 7 million people.