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The Byrnes Health Education Center, like GIANT Food Stores is committed to building a healthy community in York and throughout Central Pennsylvania. We’ve enjoyed a fantastic partnership in recent years to advance both of our organizations’ goals of educating people of all ages to make healthy choices.

Chris Brand

Public and Community Relations Manager

Giant Food Stores, LLC Operators of Giant Food Stores & Martin’s Food Markets


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 over fifty specialized educational offerings that include regional outreach programs. Children throughout the U.S. and over 165 countries around the world now utilize our health educational tools through our eLearning programs. The business community provides customized, educational programs to employees and their families through our corporate wellness works division.

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. The dream continues…

heartTo learn more about our founder’s story, check out her book, Giving from the Heart