LiveWell Luzerne is a community health consortium housed at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, with a steering committee that meets monthly.

LiveWell Luzerne focuses on the health of all Luzerne County, and is part of the healthy communities movement, “helping to make it easy to be healthy where we live, learn, earn, play and pray.”

livewelllogoOur Vision:
An active, thriving, diverse Luzerne County that supports wellness and a safe and healthy environment

Our Mission:
Use education, coalition-building, advocacy and research to empower everyone to lead happier, healthier lives

Our Projects:
Summertime Bus to the Park.  Live Well Luzerne, in partnership with Frances Slocum State Park and the Luzerne County Transit Authority, announce a bus route leaving the Wilkes-Barre Intermodal Center everyday but Sunday, and travelling through a number of West side towns to Frances Slocum State Park.  Call BUS-TIME (287-8463) or go to for more information.

Luzerne County Keystone Active Zone:  an on-line scavenger hunt through our local parks and trails.

Luzerne County Healthy Community Challenge:  Bringing local municipalities together with community champions and not-for-profits to make lasting healthy changes.  This project included a conference introducing recommended community health interventions (CDC, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), with Mark Fenton as the keynote presentor, and a mini-grant application.  Attendance at the conference was required to apply for the mini-grant. Nine grants were awarded for diverse projects such as a Farmer’s Market in Hazleton, improving access to a park and historic site through signage and a new gate, and a SRTS assessment for a downtown school.  Program ran from November 2009-March 2012.

For more information about specific projects and the program:

Healthy Community Challenge Celebration Slides  (this is a very large file)

Healthy Community Challenge Recommended Strategies Matrix

Wilkes-Barre ACHIEVE project: Spearheaded by the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, involve community leaders in the City of Wilkes-Barre in assessing and leading change toward creating a healthier City.  See the following prezi for some work that was part of the ACHIEVE project.

Summer Food n’ Fun in the parks:  In cooperation with the City of Wilkes-Barre, the Commission for Economic Opportunity, and the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, provide park supervision and play and free lunches in Wilkes-Barre parks during the summer.

County Health Rankings Education:  In partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, present information about the national County Health Rankings project to health and social service agencies.  Discuss report and suggest areas for targeted improvement, as well as strengths and weaknesses of data vis. Luzerne County.

Downtown Wilkes-Barre Bicycle and Pedestrian Count.  Live Well Luzerne coordinated and analyzed results of the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Bicycle and Pedestrian Count in 2009,2010, and 2012. For more information, contact Michele Schasberger.

Join Us!  Download our membership brochure here! (membership is free)

Or email Carol Hussa for more information.



Live Well Luzerne  History and Organization

Live Well Luzerne is a successor to the Steps to a Healthier US project in Luzerne County (2004-2009) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Active Living by Design funded program, Stepping Forward (2003-2008).

Two part-time healthy communities project managers both forward the mission of Live Well Luzerne, and help fulfill the mandate of the Y to promote healthy living and social responsibility.  Healthy Community project managers work closely with both the Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton YMCAs.