LiveWell Greenville is a partnership of dozens of public and private organizations that aims to make Greenville County a healthier place to live, work, and play. Formed three years ago by the Piedmont Health Care Foundation, the coalition has engaged more than 100 key partners in crafting plans to create policies, systems, and environments in our community to make living well easier. Safe places to walk and bike, healthier foods in schools and workplaces, nutritious snacks in child care centers, better access to parks – these and other positive initiatives will be shepherded by the partners of LiveWell Greenville.
LiveWell Greenville’s approach is similar to the movement to reduce smoking rates that began in the seventies. It wasn’t just teaching people that smoking is unhealthy that turned the tide of an epidemic that affected as many as 43% of Americans in 1965. It was education supported by changes in policies and environments rather than individual knowledge. Thanks to those policy-level efforts, around 20% of Americans smoke today compared to 43% in 1965.
Check out what our partners are doing to make Greenville a place where people can LiveWell!
The many partners in LiveWell Greenville have developed a Community Action Plan to create a community that supports healthy lifestyles. This goal of this plan is to make the healthy choice the easy choice. Click here for more details about the Action Plan.
Sally Wills has been with LiveWell Greenville since 2011, first as Operations Manager then as the Executive Director. Ms. Wills brings more than 12 years of public health experience to the leadership of the coalition with a strong background in community development, education and evaluation. Ms. Wills holds a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health.
Dr. Alicia Powers serves as the Principal Investigator for LiveWell Greenville. Dr. Powers joined Furman University in 2007 as a professor in the Health Sciences Department. She teaches Research and Evaluation, as well as Advanced Nutrition. Dr. Powers also serves as the advisor for the Health Sciences Majors Club and her research and evaluation project, including numerous projects with LiveWell Greenville, involve more than 25 students each year.
Margaret Stephens joined LiveWell Greenville as the Community Health Manager in April of 2011, and now serves as the Director of Operations. Margaret provides technical assistance and support to the Out of School Time and Worship workgroups. She utilizes her extensve experience as a registered nurse to develop programming that fosters community health and prevention in Greenville.
Brady Godfrey is an Out of School Time Specialist who joined LiveWell Greenville in February of 2013. Brady provides assistance to out of school time centers to encourage healthy physical activity and nutrition policies. She is a Health Science Graduate from Clemson University and currently lives in Greenville with her husband and two boys.
Sarah Shockley, Clemson University graduate with a degree in elementary education, is a School Specialist with LiveWell Greenville. She has lived in the upstate for 20 years, where she and her daughter enjoy exploring the outdoors, checking out local festivals and discovering new parks and picnic spots! One of her passions, that she shares with her daughter, is cooking and learning about foods.
Catherine Puckett is a School Specialist with LiveWell Greenville. She received her B.A. and MEd from Clemson University. After a career in sales and time spent volunteering within the Greenville community, Catherine now enjoys making connections between schools in Greenville County as they consider healthier environments. She spends free time volunteering at her girls’ schools, hiking and other outdoor activities with her family.
Richard Osbourne is a Greenville native and graduate of Clemson University. He served as Editor of The Greenville Journal for several years, and his passion for health and fitness led him to create Go Magazine in 2006, the Apex Games in 2013, and join Livewell Greenville as the At Work Consultant in 2011. Richard enjoys many activities, including marathons, CrossFit and just about anything with his three boys.
Alana Bell is the Grant Administrator for the Community Transformation Grant awarded to LiveWell Greenville in 2012. She has a BSEd and a Masters of Public Service in Non-Profit Management from the William Clinton Presidential School in Arkansas. She is a lifelong educator and has experience in international non-profits as a project manager with the World Organization of the Scout Movement based in Geneva, Switzerland. She and her husband, David, are parents to 3 adult children and a two year old granddaughter, Riley.
Melissa Fair joined LiveWell Grenville in March of 2013 as a graduate student intern from the USC Arnold School of Public Helath. Melissa now serves as the Communications and Park Hop Coordinator. She uses her knowledge of health promotion to develop fun physical actvity and reacreation opportunities for Greenville County residents.
Yvonne Smith Reeder serves as the Neighborhood Coordinator for LiveWell Greenville. Ms. Reeder who is deeply involved in the Greenville Community is also president of Greenville Dreams, an organization of 29 Special Emphasis Neighborhoods, and dedicated to influencing the poor and minority communities to eat healthy, exercise, and enjoy safe neighborhoods.
2013 LiveWell Greenville Leadership Team
Debi Bush, Greenville County Schools Trustee
Greg Crowe – Bon Secours St. Francis Health System
Pam Davis – City of Greenville
Sean Dogan – Chair, Long Branch Baptist Church
Lillie Hall – DHEC/Greenville County Health Department
Katie Howell – Secretary, Citizen/Volunteer
Elizabeth Edwards – Greenville Chamber of Commerce
Katherine Kransteuber – Shi Center for Sustainability, Furman University
Erica McCleskey – Vice Chair, BOOST/United Way of Greenville
Bob Mihalic – County of Greenville
Larry Pugh – Nicholtown Neighborhood Association
Abby Russell – Rosenfeld Einstein
Katy Smith – Piedmont Health Foundation
Robin Stelling – Greenville Hospital System
Mike Teachey – Greenville County Parks and Recreation
Tiffany Wedmore – Greenville County Planning Commission, GPA