Quilt Expo Helps Women Get in Step

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Nancy Zieman at the 9th Annual Quilt ExpoUW Health was proud to be part of the 9th Annual Quilt Expo, hosted by Wisconsin Public Television and Nancy Zieman Productions, which took place September 5–7, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. A record-breaking 18,005 people attended the three-day event and we thank everyone who took the time to stop by our booth!


Nancy Zieman, host and producer of "Sewing with Nancy" and co-founder of the Quilt Expo is also an avid swimmer. She recognizes that sewing and quilting are sedentary activities and is dedicated to promoting health and wellness among the women who follow her and attend the Expo.


Says Zieman, "I am amazed at how much better I feel after moving and exercising. It helps get my creative juices flowing and gives me more energy to focus on my passion."


Zieman would like to see sewers and quilters balance the time they spend sewing with physical activity. She says, "If you quilt for three hours you should have an hour of physical activity to balance that out." We've helped Nancy promote her message about physical activity at the Quilt Expo for the past 3 years through the "Get In Step With Nancy" program.


This year at the Quilt Expo UW Health gave pedometers to 1,344 women. Participants logged their steps throughout their time at the Quilt Expo visiting vendor booths and taking classes. Over the course of the event, together they walked 4,356,060 steps (or 2,178 miles) – the equivalent of walking from Chicago to San Francisco!


Whether you quilt, sew or have other hobbies or commitments that keep you sedentary, try to create better balance by adding physical activity to your life. A walking program is a great way to start. UW Health offers women an opportunity to learn about how to become heart healthy year-round through a free online learning series that's available any time night or day on any device with internet access. View the learning series