Empowering people to live healthier lives.
The Hult Center for Healthy Living is the premier nonprofit provider of comprehensive health education and wellness services for people of all ages.
The Hult Health Education Center opened its doors in 1990 with the vision of providing health education to young children and youth as a way to supplement the local school system in teaching children how to make healthy choices. In its early days, Hult Center’s primary target population was preschool through high school. Today the Hult Center offers programs to people of all ages that address the community’s highest health priorities.
With its commitment to community partnerships, Hult welcomed the merger of two longstanding community agencies: the Cancer Center for Healthy Living in 2011 and the Mental Health Association of Illinois Valley in 2013. Today, the Hult Center for Healthy Living is focused on two pillars of health education: youth education and adult health programs and services.
Youth Health Education
The Hult Center was modeled after a similar center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, called McMillen Health. Its crown jewel is the multiple theater-style classrooms that provide visual and hands-on equipment to encourage children to use all of their senses while learning relevant health topics.
Adult Health Education
Hult educates adults on pertinent topics related to the adult population, specializing in chronic disease prevention and management. Hult also offers the National Diabetes Prevention Program and Matter of Balance Fall Prevention Program to help adults make lifestyle changes to improve quality of life. Hult also provides a variety of wellness services to empower anyone at any stage of their cancer journey and improve their quality of life. These include: individual and family counseling, individual nutrition counseling, healthy cooking demonstrations, support groups, healthy living and exercise classes, massage therapy, and healthy living seminars and workshops.
Mental Health Programs
Hult’s mental health programs are reflected in both the youth and adult education pillars. The Center works in partnership with other local agencies to provide mental health programs to youth in central Illinois. Last year, Hult Center’s Health Education Specialists and Licensed Clinical Professionals counseled and educated over 10,000 youth through these programs alone. Over 550 teachers, parents, caregivers and community workers have attended Hult’s suicide and depression education programs and trainings.
Hult Center for Healthy Living
5215 N. Knoxville Ave.
Peoria, IL 61614
Andrea Parker, RN, MS, Executive Director