A group of weight-loss experts from Caerphilly have been nationally recognised for helping more than 1,900 people in the area to lose weight every week.
The eight-strong Slimming World team, who between them run 25 slimming groups around Caerphilly, were one of just five nominated teams up for the accolade of Slimming World Team of the Year 2019 at the national Slimming World Awards ceremony.
Being recognised for this award is extra-special this year, as in 2019 Slimming World is celebrating its 50th Golden Anniversary.
Lisa Norris, who runs the team as well as her own groups in Lysaght Institute in Newport, said: “We’re all delighted to have been nominated for Team of the Year. What’s great is that it’s a real team effort and every single Consultant in our team agrees that we have the best job in the world. We’re passionate about helping people change their lives and become happier and healthier by losing weight and seeing them succeed is the most important thing to me. Being nominated for an award like this is a wonderful bonus though, and it feels even more special in Slimming World’s 50th birthday year.
“We’ve worked really hard to make sure that members who join the groups in our area get the highest level of service and the weight-loss success they deserve. It’s great to be able to tell people in Caerphilly that they have one of the best Slimming World groups in the UK and Ireland on their doorstep.
“It’s not just a triumph for me but also for the thousands of members in the Caerphilly and surrounding area groups. They’re the ones who make it the success it is, with their fabulous energy, the warm welcome they give to new members and the wonderful compassionate support they show to each other every week.
“That’s as well as their impressive weight losses while following Slimming World’s Food Optimising eating plan and getting more active, of course. They’ve lost an amazing 3,959 stone between January and May this year, and each week as members lose weight I see them growing in confidence. I see them changing their health, becoming more active, trying out new foods and recipes, and finding the courage to take on challenges that they’ve always dreamed of. Members who arrive at group with their self-esteem at rock bottom start to hold their heads high and stand tall as they lose weight successfully and share their experiences and success with the rest of the group.”
Like all Slimming World Consultants, Lisa lost weight at a group herself and so knows just how valuable group support can be. Consultants receive in-depth training from the Slimming World Academy to help give their members the support they need to make long-term changes to their eating and activity habits.
The Caerphilly team were just pipped to the post by the Colchester South team.
TV Presenter and former Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Oduba, who hosted the Slimming World Oscars 2019, said: “It was a real honor to meet Lisa and the other award winners and nominees. The stories I heard from people who had lost amazing amounts of weight and transformed themselves – and then gone on to help other people change their lives too – were so inspirational.
“While everyone’s stories were different, the one thing they all had in common was how much they felt they owed to their “Slimming World family” and the support they found within Slimming World. They spoke passionately about how they couldn’t have made those changes to eat more healthily and become more active without the support, advice and encouragement of their Consultant and by attending group each week. So people like Lisa are clearly very important.”
To join one of the best Slimming World groups in the UK and Ireland visit www.slimmingworld.co.uk or call 0344 897 8000.