Who We Are
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.
Creating a Healthier Community
We know that without action, rates of chronic disease in our community will continue to impact early childhood development, academic success and workplace productivity. Six out of 10 adults and 4 of 10 children are overweight or obese (26% of adults and 22% of children are obese). Past efforts to merely educate people on leading healthier lives have not succeeded. Why? It’s difficult to maintain healthy lifestyles when the surrounding environment does not support healthy choices.
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!
Residents of Greenville County desire a community that supports their health and quality of life – one that enables them to “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.
LiveWell Greenville Leadership Team
Debi Bush, Greenville County Schools Trustee — Pam Davis, City of Greenville — Sean Dogan, Long Branch Baptist Church – Lillie Hall, Greenville County Health Department — Katie Howell, Community Representative — Hank Hyatt, Greenville Chamber of Commerce — Katherine Kransteuber, Shi Center for Sustainability — Erica McCleskey, Building Opportunities in Out of School Time — Bob Mihalic, County of Greenville — Larry Pugh, Nicholtown Neighborhood Association — Abby Russell, Rosenfeld Einstein – Katy Smith, Piedmont Health Foundation — Robin Stelling, Greenville Health System — Mike Teachey, Greenville County Recreation District — Tiffany Wedmore –Greenville County Planning Commission