McNutt in the running for national SilverSneakers honor

McNutt in the running for national SilverSneakers honor

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Betty McNutt has always lived an active life.

Now the entire nation might find out just how active she is.

McNutt was recently nominated by instructor Cheryl Seabright of Cheryl’s L.I.F.E. Fitness near Lake Buckhorn as a nominee for the 2022 national SilverSneakers Member of the Year contest sponsored by Tivity Health.

The committee must have liked what it saw from the nomination form because it chose McNutt as one of the top-10 finalists for the national honor. Now it is up to McNutt, Seabright, her friends and family at SilverSneakers, and her community to push her to the top.

“This is a great honor,” McNutt said. “Think of all the thousands of people who were nominated. I ended up in the top 10, and that is an honor.”

She said she believes any of the L.I.F.E. senior members would be worthy of nomination, and she is happy to be able to enjoy classes alongside each of the members.

McNutt attends SilverSneakers activities three times every week. She does tai chi, enjoys golfing and participates in balance classes. She has lived an active lifestyle her entire life, and she is a perfect person to not just represent SilverSneakers, but also to promote maintaining an active lifestyle for all senior citizens.

“Your age doesn’t make any difference,” McNutt said. “Keep active. The more active you are, the better your health and the better your outlook on life.”

McNutt said she continually tries to encourage people to do whatever possible in maintaining an active lifestyle. A former teacher, she said she has encouraged several of Seabright’s members to attend classes.

McNutt was a teacher in East Holmes Schools for much of her career, beginning her teaching in a school in Chicago, Illinois, making shorts stops in Ravenna and Utica, Ohio before settling down in Holmes County long-term. She was married to Dick McNutt, who passed away in 2015.

McNutt said exercising alongside her fellow SilverSneakers is always a joy, and she said they are like a tight-knit family.

“We tease each other, and nobody gets upset,” McNutt said. “We have a good time, and I would suggest that anyone 65 years old or older stay active.”

Last year for the first time, Holmes County received a top-10 nomination with both Owen Mellor and Patricia Young landing among the top 10.

Seabright, who was celebrated as one of the top-five SilverSneakers finalists this year, said McNutt exemplifies the active lifestyle seniors should pursue, and nominating her and writing a glowing letter on her behalf was an easy decision.

“She’s a perfect example of how a senior benefits from staying active and exercising,” Seabright said.

As for the contest, there is still time for the public to vote for McNutt as SilverSneakers Member of the Year.

“Anybody can vote for Betty. You don’t have to be a SilverSneakers member to vote,” Seabright said. “Just visit the website and people can vote through Monday, Aug. 1. It’s based on popularity vote from here on out, so the more people log on and vote for her, the better her chances are. We want Betty to become the top person, not just the top 10.”

People can log on the site and vote once per day. The national winner will be announced Aug. 15 on www.SilverSneakers.com/MOYAward and www.Facebook.com/SilverSneakers.