About Us

Our Approach

Who We Are

Live Healthy Gwinnett launched in 2014 as a partnership between Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation and Eastside Medical Center. Live Healthy Gwinnett is designed to encourage and engage Gwinnett County residents to invest in personal wellness while focusing on four major wellness areas: Be Active, Eat Healthy, Get Checked and Be Positive.

Our Purpose

According to the 2013 Gwinnett County Health Department Community Health Assessment, Gwinnett’s current obesity rate of 26 percent places a quarter of the adult population at higher risk for serious conditions like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, osteoarthritis, respiratory problems, and stroke. It is also known by the assessment that 20 percent of Gwinnett County residents get no leisure time physical activity.

Live Healthy Gwinnett takes a proactive wellness approach to address the preventable chronic illnesses that impact individuals of Gwinnett County. Through community education, people can significantly reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases by making simple lifestyle changes: eating healthy, increasing physical activity and reducing stress.

Our Story

Vision

To be Gwinnett County's inspiration to enjoy, explore and discover healthy lifestyles for generations to come.

Mission

To promote positive change in the Gwinnett community that encourages people to:

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Values

  • Promotion of Healthy Living Principals
  • Participation in Regular Physical Activity
  • Developing Effective Community Partnerships
  • Bringing together Diverse Cultures and Generations

Our Team

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Carion Marcelin, Project Coordinator

Carion Marcelin joined Gwinnett County as the Live Healthy Gwinnett Coordinator in April 2019. She oversees Be Active Gwinnett – a mobile recreation program serving youth in play desert communities throughout Gwinnett which focuses on reducing obesity rates by encouraging communities to be active. Carion also supervises the Harvest Gwinnett team who maintains nine community gardens throughout Gwinnett and provide hands-on environmental education, plant fresh produce to improve resident food access, and nurture engagement opportunities leading to improved health outcomes. In partnership with GUIDE, Inc., Carion received instructor certification for QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) and has trained more than 150 community leaders on suicide prevention. Carion graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science and a minor in Public Health from the University of South Florida. After teaching 7th and 8th grade science for two years with Teach For America, Carion recognized that the students she served did not have access to healthy, affordable food in their community and noticed the effect of eating unhealthy foods daily had on their overall health. She decided to pursue a career in public health to reduce health inequities in low-income communities and educate people of all ages on how to improve their health. Carion attended Mercer University for graduate school and received her Master’s in Public Health in spring 2018. Her main goal is to improve the health of those living in underserved communities and teach residents to become advocates for their own health through education.

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Heather Supic, Program Supervisor

Heather Supic serves as the Program Supervisor for the Be Active Gwinnett mobile recreation program. She earned her B.S. in Exercise Science Wellness Promotion and minor in Sociology from Georgia Gwinnett College. She is currently continuing her education and pursuing a graduate program with the University of Idaho with an M.S. in Environmental Science. Heather previously worked with Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation as a Program Leader before coming onboard with Live Healthy Gwinnett.  When Heather was in college, she worked with Georgia Gwinnett College Outdoor Adventures. This experience helped spur her love for pairing outdoor recreation and education.  With GGC Outdoor Adventures, Heather would lead yoga classes, hiking trips, rock climbing trips, canoe trips, and more. She is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, Certified AFPA Pilates Instructor, Certified Level 1 YogaFit Instructor, and Certified Stand-Up Paddleboard Instructor. Heather has a passion for wellness and recreation and is excited to share that passion within the community where she grew up. When Heather is not travelling with Be Active Gwinnett, she enjoys hiking, reading, and getting out on the water with her paddleboard.

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Brad Livesay, Program Supervisor

Brad was hired as the new Program Supervisor for Harvest Gwinnett in March 2021. Brad holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Auburn University. After graduating from Auburn, Brad was accepted into the United States Peace Corps and was assigned to serve in the Republic of Moldova. During his two-year assignment, he taught English as well as implemented numerous extra-curricular activities which promoted volunteerism, enriched creativity, and developed critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Brad began his career with Gwinnett County in 2013 as an educator with Gwinnett Parks and Recreation. He then moved into employment with operations staff at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center. Brad worked with his team members to implement evidence-based natural resource management techniques to manage forests, trails, and aquatic habitats, including wildlife habitat preservation, landscape management, invasive species removal, native plant reintroduction, and trail construction. Brad has a passion for public service and strives to increase wellness throughout the community by promoting community gardening and healthy eating.

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Brandon Seay, Program Leader

As a Program Leader, Brandon leads the new and exciting Harvest Gwinnett community  gardens initiative, whose aim is to provide freshly grown produce to local families in need while offering residents an opportunity to grow their own food in the gardens. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Science and Technology at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC), majoring in environmental science and minoring in biology. From an early age, Brandon has been very involved in Gwinnett County, participating in many organized activities and programs, including sports, music, and local service organizations. At Georgia Gwinnett College, Brandon has been an active student and has participated in academic symposiums, multiple student organizations, and gained substantive experience with community engagement and service efforts. From its beginnings, Brandon helped organize and grow the community garden and Micro farm program at GGC, whose programs now include food donations, academic participation, research projects and resource conservation. Brandon plans to continue serving and engaging the community, while he shares his passion for the outdoors, plant science, food security and community.

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Tiara Houston, Program Leader

Tiara is a 2020 graduate from Mercer University’s College of Health Professions where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. She is 24 years old and has always had a love for community and health. Growing up playing soccer, participating in community walks, and enjoying free events are all things that have strengthened her passion to advocate for better, cleaner public spaces and resources (parks, community centers, roads, health fairs, etc.) within communities to ensure people feel safe and cared for, which will lead to more active and healthier communities. She plans to get her MPH soon, most likely concentrating in health policy and community health. Joining Live Healthy Gwinnett in September 2021, Tiara is excited to engage with community members through Be Active Gwinnett to provide our free resources and education that we hope will inspire everyone to be active, eat healthy, get checked, and be positive! – and remember – physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing are all equally important!