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Slimming World members taste the freedom as meetings get back to reality

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Wisbech slimmers come back together after months of virtual Slimming World groups and taste the freedom, without counting calories!

Slimmers who meet at Wisbech Rugby club are making a ‘comeback’ as their Slimming World group reopens, with local consultant Katie Doiley opening the group, said she’s excited to be back helping members to lose weight and improve their health in person.

Slimming World has been supporting members virtually in online weekly groups since March last year when lockdown closed all of the organisation’s community groups and then again in December.

Katie Doiley shed the pounds with Slimming World herself so understands what it's like. (48058491)
Katie Doiley shed the pounds with Slimming World herself so understands what it's like. (48058491)

Katie is putting measures in place to ensure groups comply fully with government guidance so members can return safely.

Katie said : “I’m delighted to finally be back together with my members! Our virtual groups have been a vital lifeline of support and I’m so, so proud of how my members have been there for each other through these difficult months and continued to lose weight and get more active.

"There’s nothing quite like the magic of our real-life groups, though, and research of our members during lockdown has shown that while our members have loved attending their virtual meetings they’ve missed the motivational power and accountability of meeting in person.”

She said the health and safety of members has been her top priority in planning the return of the group: “Members will find a few things have changed to ensure that everyone feels as safe, confident and comfortable as they possibly can. This includes appropriate social distancing, hygiene measures and shorter sessions, which we’ll be asking members to book in to before attending.

“As well as looking forward to ‘that feeling’ of being back together with our existing Slimming World members, we can’t wait to welcome new members in Wisbech to our groups too. Obesity is a huge issue in the news at the moment with evidence showing that carrying extra weight makes it harder for the body to fight Covid-19, and the Government announcing brand-new plans to tackle obesity across the UK – which Slimming World are very proud be part of. Plus, we know many people’s routines were turned upside down by lockdown and lots of us have been feeling more worried or anxious than usual, all of which can have an impact on making healthy choices.”

Katie said: “I want anyone who’s worrying about their weight or health – especially if they’ve put on a few extra pounds during lockdown – to know that there will be absolutely no judgment at Slimming World – just lots of understanding and a very warm welcome.

"At Slimming World losing weight isn’t about going hungry – our eating plan is extra easy, very delicious and super generous. And moving more doesn’t mean running marathons – unless you want to, of course.

“Our groups are hubs of recipe-swapping, idea-sharing and problem-solving activity. Through our weekly sessions, you’ll discover how to identify the stoppers and potential pitfalls that could send you off track – or that have maybe prevented you from reaching your weight-loss goals in the past – and learn to develop strategies to overcome them.

For more information contact Katie Doiley at k.doiley@yahoo.co.uk or 07928395615

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