Women's Health (UK) - - WELCOME - Claire San­der­son Editor-in-chief Fol­low me on In­sta­gram @claire­sander­son

One of my big­gest re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as Editor-in-chief of this bril­liant magazine is de­cid­ing who to put on the cover. There are so many in­cred­i­ble women to choose from, and they all need to have a few things in com­mon: to be ut­terly in­spi­ra­tional, proud of who they are and the type of gal I’d like to knock back a cock­tail or two with.

I reckon I’ve hit the jack­pot this month. Let’s all take a mo­ment to bow at the al­tar of Katie Piper. She blows my mind. Her pos­i­tiv­ity, kind­ness, in­tel­lect, sheer bloody-mind­ed­ness, work ethic, how she’s ut­terly in love with her part­ner and their two young daugh­ters… I could go on.

She en­dured the most unimag­in­able of hor­rors, yet there’s not an ounce of bit­ter­ness in her. She’s thank­ful for the won­ders each day brings and is so hum­ble and un­aware of her bril­liance that, when she took a look at the pho­tog­ra­pher’s lap­top at the end of a long day shoot­ing, she was charm­ingly in awe of the, let’s face it, noth­ing short of breath­tak­ing pho­tos you’ll find on page 38. ‘I didn’t re­alise I looked like that,’ she said – more than once.

Let’s not for­get this is a women who, at the age of 24, was so badly scarred af­ter an acid at­tack that she has since had over 300 op­er­a­tions and was once told she would never ex­er­cise again. But Katie’s not the type to be told what she can and can’t do. Fast-for­ward 10 years and she’s on the cover of Women’s Health, af­ter giv­ing birth to her se­cond child in De­cem­ber, prov­ing noth­ing and no one can hold her back.

Also in this is­sue are the re­sults of our an­nual WH Food Awards (page 113). I joined five top food­ies and pros to plough through the thou­sands of en­tries we re­ceived and find the best prod­ucts to fill your fridges and kitchen cup­boards. I have a lit­tle con­fes­sion. I’m a nut but­ter ad­dict – I’m ob­sessed with the stuff. So I par­tic­u­larly en­joyed judg­ing that cat­e­gory. The win­ner might sur­prise you.

Fi­nally, as a book-lover, it was a joy to judge the Well­be­ing cat­e­gory of the in­au­gu­ral Big Book awards this year, along­side PT Alice Live­ing and well­ness en­tre­pre­neur Lau­ren Armes. It was a tough cat­e­gory, fea­tur­ing some bril­liant new tal­ent, but Jas­mine Hem­s­ley won us over. In East By West (£25, Blue­bird), she de­liv­ers de­li­cious, com­fort­ing recipes along­side ancient East­ern wis­dom – the copy in my own kitchen is wellthumbed and sauce-stained, which is al­ways a good sign. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Jas­mine on a well-de­served vic­tory.

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