The Byrnes Health Education Center continues to grow as a leading resource of innovative, high-quality, effective health education. To date, over 7 million children and adults have discovered the wonders of life through our dynamic health education programs who are inspired daily to take charge of their health!

Teaching Theaters

A visit is an exciting multimedia experience. Innovative programs are led by exceptionally qualified health educators and are enhanced by amazing, interactive exhibits. All programs and exhibits meet many National and State Education Standards and were designed in conjunction with local school representatives to enhance classroom curriculum.

Health education programs are taught in five high-tech Teaching Theaters located in York, PA. Each theater highlights an important area of health and is named for the topic of emphasis: Substance Use and Abuse Theater, General Health Theater, Nutrition & Fitness Theater, Human Growth & Development Theater, and Body Shop for Early Learners.

Visitors come from across Central PA and Northern MD to participate in one of over 40 program offerings on topics such as nutrition, tobacco prevention, dental health, puberty, the five senses, anatomy, safety, and fitness, just to name a few!


To reach additional students and to further the message of healthy lifestyles, we provide outreach programs that are delivered directly in school classrooms. The onsite classes include a learning session on a particular health topic and hands-on activity stations. Parent volunteers can aid in the learning process and help to reinforce the learning points at home.


Healthy students make great students! is one of four delivery platforms; our goals is to reach everyone who needs vital health education. is an online health science learning site designed to help educators and parents communicate important health concepts to students in grades PreK-12. The site contains comprehensive lesson plans, interactive games and activities, Webquests, student assesments, an individualized Health Log and more. The goal of the site is to inspire students – and their families – to make healthy choices that may last a lifetime.


For those schools and organizations that are located out of our service area, we offer Webcasting. Live Webcasting allows us to “go” to any classroom, no matter where it is in the United States. With Webcasting, we are able to present to students in one of our five teaching theaters in real time, allowing students to interact with our educator while learning about important health subjects. This unique education experience includes props, activities and more to make it a program students will not only never forget, but also learn from!