Baptist Memorial’s Lansky selected as Emerging Leader for Exercise is Medicine program


MEMPHIS, Tenn. –Lia Lansky, system director of wellbeing for Baptist Memorial Health Care, is one of only six national experts chosen for the American College of Sports Medicine’s 2022–2024 Exercise is Medicine Emerging Leaders Program.

The vision of EIM, a global health initiative managed by the ACSM, is to make the assessment and promotion of physical activity a standard in clinical care by connecting health care with evidence-based physical activity resources for people everywhere and of all abilities.

“We are pleased that the American College of Sports Medicine recognizes Lia’s talents and potential contributions to the Exercise is Medicine Program,” said Nancy Averwater, senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Baptist Memorial Health Care. “She truly is a leader in wellness and physical health, as evidenced by her success with Baptist’s BestHealth wellbeing program. She’s significantly helped improve the health of Baptist’s employee population, and I can only imagine what she will accomplish during her two-year term with the Exercise is Medicine program.”

At Baptist, Lansky oversees BestHealth by Baptist, an employer-based program launched five years ago, aimed at giving large and small self-insured employers an effective, cost-saving way to sustainably improve their employees’ overall health and reduce the cost of health insurance claims.

Those selected to serve as EIM Emerging Leaders by the EIM governance board and EIM advisory panel will participate in a series of webinars on the Exercise is Medicine initiative; gather at the ACSM Annual Meeting/EIM World Congress; and learn about EIM strategic initiatives related to education, research, clinical integration, resource development, EIM On Campus and the EIM Global Network. EIM Emerging Leaders serve as spokespeople, provide presentations, disseminate information and assist in EIM projects and activities to expand the reach of the initiative nationally and globally. They will have the opportunity to be mentored by experienced clinicians and/or faculty leaders.

Baptist Memorial Health Care is one of the country’s largest not-for-profit health care systems and the largest provider of Medicaid in the region. Baptist offers a full continuum of care to communities throughout the Mid-South and consistently ranks among the top integrated health care networks in the nation. The health care system comprises 22 affiliate hospitals in West Tennessee, Mississippi and East Arkansas; more than 5,400 affiliated physicians; Baptist Medical Group, a multispecialty physician group with more than 800 providers; home, hospice and psychiatric care; minor medical centers and clinics; a network of surgery, rehabilitation and other outpatient centers; and an education system highlighted by Baptist Health Sciences University (formerly Baptist College of Health Sciences). Baptist employs more than 19,000 people, and in fiscal year 2020 contributed more than $352 million in community benefit and uncompensated care to the communities it serves. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.