Nancy Mayhew is a familiar face to many Cedar Crest residents. Bursting with energy and enthusiasm, Nancy encourages an active and healthy lifestyle as Cedar Crest’s Wellness Coordinator.
Cedar Crest residents have many fun fitness activities to take part in under Nancy’s direction. New this year and getting a following is the Qigong class, which is a combination of meditation, breathing and movement. Nancy teaches it Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and usually has a capacity crowd.
Also popular is chair dancing, which is doing dance movements while seated. “Our residents come to this class and soon learn that they get quite an aerobic workout from it. Plus, it’s a lot of fun,” Nancy said.
She also heads up Cedar Crest’s walking program. Residents can keep track of their steps taken using a pedometer and “walk their way across Wisconsin.” Some have already reached their destination of Ashland (395 miles), with many others at, or past, the half-way point.
Other fun classes include Tai Chi for Arthritis, Strong & Fit Beginning and Advanced (weight training) and, coming soon, Tai Chi for Energy.
Nancy says she wasn’t always so fit herself, but 10 years ago she decided to change her lifestyle to incorporate more healthy eating and physical activity. “I saw the benefits of getting really healthy,” she said.
Now Nancy has earned the designations of Certified Wellness Program Coordinator and Certified Wellness Program Manager through the National Wellness Institute. She is a Certified Personal Trainer through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and she is also certified to teach the Strong Woman Program, Zumba Gold, Tai Chi in a Chair, Tai Chi for Arthritis, and Qigong.
Nancy is retired from the Beloit School District where she was the Human Resources Manager. While there, she initiated health and wellness programs for employees. “I thought we should get people well,” she said. “I loved it so much that when I retired I decided that was what I wanted to do. Cedar Crest’s President/CEO Marion Wozniak totally believes in the value of wellness.”
In addition to Cedar Crest, Nancy also teaches classes in Human Resources at Blackhawk Technical College and has her own mosaic company, Mayhew Mosaics. She sells her creations at the Beloit Farmers Market, a gift shop in Lake Geneva and the Rotary Garden Gift Shop in Janesville. She also has an online presence on two artists’ website, ETSY.com and Wisconsinmade.com.
When people ask Nancy how she maintains such a high level of activity, she said it’s largely due to practicing Qigong.
Cedar Crest resident Faye Bidwell is a regular at Nancy’s fitness classes – at least she was up until the last several weeks as she recovers from a broken foot. Faye says she loves the advanced weight-training class. I’m so anxious to get back to it and the walking too,” she said. Faye had just started her “walk across Wisconsin” when she was sidelined.
Now Faye attends the Qigong class. “That has been wonderful and I’m so glad I can do that while I have to wear a boot. My mind feels so clear and tranquil. I feel so good.
“Nancy is super,” Faye continues. “We’re just delighted to have her at Cedar Crest. When Nancy wasn’t here, I wasn’t limber at all. Now that has changed. I can’t wait until my boot is off to get busy with classes again.”