TV star rounds off a great year for group

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - BY JOHN MCDOUGALL john.mcdougall@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @JMacD1988

AWIDNES woman who runs a Slim­ming World group has met a TV presenter at an awards cer­e­mony.

Julie Hat­ton was de­lighted to get a chance to cud­dle up to Stephen Mulhern when he pre­sented the an­nual Slim­ming World Awards.

She runs a group at Moor­field Sports & So­cial Club ev­ery Thurs­day.

Julie said meet­ing Stephen was a won­der­ful way to round off a great 12 months for the Widnes Slim­ming World group, as well as a bril­liant way to pre­pare for an­other suc­cess­ful year.

She said: “I couldn’t be prouder of the mem­bers of the Widnes group. They’ve lost fan­tas­tic amounts of weight through­out 2016, with many of them mak­ing their weight loss dreams come true by hit­ting their tar­get weight, im­prov­ing their health and con­fi­dence, and more.

“It’s so re­ward­ing to see peo­ple be­ing able to do things that they didn’t think pos­si­ble be­fore los­ing weight, whether that’s hav­ing more en­ergy and con­fi­dence, wear­ing smaller clothes, tak­ing up new hob­bies, re­duc­ing med­i­ca­tion or do­ing more with their fam­ily and friends.

“Ev­ery week I feel so lucky to play even a small part in peo­ple’s achieve­ments and I felt very hon­oured to rep­re­sent the Widnes Slim­ming World group when I met Stephen.

“He was bowled over by the dif­fer­ence Slim­ming World makes to peo­ple and how it changes their lives, so meet­ing him has re-in­spired me and now I feel su­per mo­ti­vated to sup­port even more peo­ple in Widnes to lead health­ier, hap­pier lives in 2017.”

Stephen, who presents Catch­phrase, Bri­tain’s Got More Tal­ent and Big Star’s Lit­tle Stars, said he was thrilled to meet Julie at the event, which was held at Birm­ing­ham’s In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

He said: “I’m known for my magic tricks and there was def­i­nitely magic in the air at the Slim­ming World Awards.

“The sto­ries I heard from peo­ple who had lost amaz­ing amounts of weight and trans­formed them­selves – in­side and out – were so in­spi­ra­tional.

“So many slim­mers talked about how their weight loss has al­lowed them to start re­ally liv­ing and be the peo­ple that they al­ways dreamed of be­ing – do­ing things they pre­vi­ously thought they couldn’t, from run­ning for miles to play­ing with their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.

“While all of their sto­ries were dif­fer­ent, the one thing they all had in com­mon was how much they felt they owed to their Slim­ming World fam­ily.

“Ev­ery one of them spoke pas­sion­ately about how they felt they couldn’t have achieved ev­ery­thing they had or made the changes they have to eat more healthily and be­come more ac­tive with­out the sup­port, ad­vice and en­cour­age­ment of their group each and ev­ery week. So peo­ple like Julie are very im­por­tant.”

Julie says 2016 has been a big year for Slim­ming World, with the or­gan­i­sa­tion wel­com­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of mem­bers and win­ning awards for both its food range and Slim­ming World mag­a­zine, and hopes 2017 will be just as suc­cess­ful.

She added: “Lots of peo­ple will be mak­ing res­o­lu­tions to lose weight and im­prove their health this New Year. ●

“I truly be­lieve that join­ing a lo­cal Slim­ming World group is the best way for peo­ple to lose weight and learn new habits.

“Thanks to our Food Op­ti­mis­ing eat­ing plan they’ll see big re­sults on the scales with­out ever hav­ing to feel hun­gry or de­prived, and at the Widnes group they’ll dis­cover a whole world of sup­port and ad­vice that’s sure to help them reach their tar­gets – and have a lot of fun along the way, too!”

For more in­for­ma­tion call Julie on 07748 306 604 or visit www.slim­ming­world.co.uk

Julie Hat­ton met TV presenter Stephen Mulhern

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