The 2022 Lt. Governor’s Challenge has announced eight recipients of this year’s prestigious Wellness Leadership award. The mission of the annual Lt. Governor’s Challenge is to recognize local health and wellness programs, policies or environmental changes that help improve the quality of life of Delawareans. The winning submissions came from individuals, organizations and institutions across Delaware who made a commitment to enacting better health and wellness for their communities, ultimately helping to elevate the well-being, productivity, and prosperity of the State of Delaware.

“The winners of the 2022 Challenge have set outstanding standards for what it means to think of others’ needs and create initiatives and programs to support Delawareans’ physical, mental and emotional health needs,” said Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long, PhD, RN. “In doing so, we all benefit from their efforts. I am proud of their creative ideas, their accomplishments, and their commitment to making the First State a healthier place to live and work.”

Bayside Institute’s Erika Cook is one of this year’s eight recipients and is being recognized as a Delaware Health Leader. With Bayside Institute, she developed life-enrichment classes and wellness screenings, to connect and engage residents. She also created a biweekly internal wellness program featuring doctors, educators, and artists that provide tips on nutrition, exercise, mindfulness, and more.

Congrats Erika on this well deserved award! To learn more about the Lt. Governor’s Challenge, click here.