In her latest efforts to help build a stronger and healthier Delaware, Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long kicked off the annual Lieutenant Governor’s Challenge on Oct. 25 at DE Turf in Frederica.

The challenge is an ongoing opportunity for Delawareans to embrace healthier living, inspire their peers and be recognized for their achievements.

Through her efforts within the community as lieutenant governor and as a nurse, Hall-Long understands the connection between physical and emotional wellness as well as health and learning. The lieutenant governor’s office discovered that many people were already making efforts to live better in various communities statewide — and in doing so, were helping to influence change in others. With so many dedicated groups already leading the way, the lieutenant governor established this challenge to bring their good works to light and to further promote policy, system and environmental change strategies in order to mobilize even more individuals and communities on the journey to a healthier Delaware.

Poor diet and physical inactivity are two health issues affecting weight and health outcomes in Delaware. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Delaware’s 2017 adult obesity prevalence rate at 31.8 percent, which is higher than the 2016 prevalence rate of 30.7 percent. In addition, 37 percent of adults are overweight. When adding the percentage of Delaware adults who are overweight or obese, Delaware ranks 11th among states.

“Lt. Governor Hall-Long is working to elevate the well-being, productivity and prosperity of all Delawareans, and we hope that everyone will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to embark on a healthier lifestyle,” said Gov. John Carney. “We look forward to seeing the impact the challenge has on all Delawareans, and I want to thank the lieutenant governor for her continued leadership on this issue.”

The challenge has its roots in the vision of former lieutenant governor, now governor, Carney. Inspired by Carney’s mission to address physical activity and fitness levels of youth and adults, as well as a dedication to improving the quality of life for all Delawareans, Hall-Long is aiming to reinvigorate the challenge to elevate the well-being, productivity and prosperity of the state.

“More than just a recognition program for health and wellness initiatives, the Lieutenant Governor’s Challenge is an opportunity for individuals to be a driver of change in their own families, neighborhoods, workplaces, community groups or schools,” said Hall-Long. “Whether someone nominates himself or herself, or a group they find deserving of recognition, by sharing stories and results, participants in the challenge can encourage fellow Delawareans to discover how they, too, can take steps toward a healthy mind and body.”

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