Slimming experts come together to share their success in Derbyshire
‘Ensuring every member achieves their dream’ was the theme of the day at a special weight management event held in Derbyshire on 11th July.
Locally-based Slimming World, the UK and Ireland’s favourite way to lose weight*, welcomed around 80 of its most successful Team Developers to an exclusive ‘Thank You’ day which was held at The Derbyshire Hotel, close to the company’s Alfreton headquarters.
Slimming World Team Developers run their own weight loss groups as Consultants, and also manage fellow Slimming World Consultants in their local area as part of the company’s mission to help members achieve their weight loss dreams.
The ‘Thank You’ event was organised to mark their achievements and reward them for their exceptional work, as well to give the experts the opportunity to share their tips on best practice in helping every member succeed through great motivation and support.
The Team Developers, who have all lost weight as Slimming World members themselves, also shared their expertise and ideas for building and managing successful local teams in a workshop with Slimming World’s Director of Field Operations, Lisa Salmon. Lunch was a healthy banquet made by the hotel.
Among the experts was Mark Gadsby who runs Slimming World groups in Sinfin and Alvaston, Derby, and manages ten fellow Consultants. He says: “It was an honour to be invited to the event by Slimming World head office, and attending as a Team Developer representing my amazing team of Consultants felt extra-special. When the event invite dropped through my letterbox I was over the moon! To have had the opportunity to meet and share ideas with other top-performing weight loss experts and managers was an experience I won’t forget. I learnt so much from the day and there’s no doubt the ideas and shared experiences will enable me to further improve the support I give to Consultants in my area and to the members of my Slimming World group here in the area too!
“Being recognised like this isn’t just a triumph for me but also for the members and Consultants in the Derby groups. They’re the ones who make each group 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 hunger-busting Food Optimising eating plan and getting more active, of course. 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 are encouraged and supported to make healthy changes to change their lives for the better.”
“Being recognised like this isn’t just a triumph for me but also for the members and Consultants in the Derby groups. They’re the ones who make each group 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."
Slimming World was founded in 1969 by Margaret Miles-Bramwell, OBE FRSA, after she became frustrated at the restrictive diets and lack of caring, shared support available for people who wanted to lose weight. Now, 48 years later, the organisation remains true to the same principles, helping people to shed the misery of excess weight without judgement through a programme that’s empowering, liberating and enjoyable.
Slimming World Consultants and Team Developers receive in-depth at the Slimming World Academy. Training includes the role of diet and activity in weight management. Crucially it also includes training in how to help members to lift the guilt and shame they may feel as a result of struggling with their weight and help them to form healthy lifestyle habits.
Slimming World is currently building a new 75,000sq ft building extension to its current headquarters to accommodate the Slimming World Academy and support future growth. The building will provide a modern training centre for the 4,500 franchisee Consultants.
Slimming World was founded by Margaret Miles-Bramwell (OBE, FRSA) in 1969. There are now more than 18,000 groups held weekly across the UK and Republic of Ireland via a network of 4,000 community-based Slimming World Consultants, who receive specific training in the role of diet and physical activity in weight management, as well as sophisticated behaviour-change techniques.
Slimming World’s healthy eating plan, Food Optimising, is based on the science of satiety and energy density. Our phased activity programme, Body Magic, eases members into activity until it becomes an intrinsic part of their daily routine. The principles behind Slimming World’s philosophy are based on a deep understanding of the challenges faced by overweight people and a recognition that those who struggle with weight carry a double burden, the weight itself and a burden of guilt and shame about their weight. Slimming World’s programme integrates practical, up-to-date advice with a highly developed support system based on care and compassion, and Consultant training focuses on facilitating behaviour change in a warm and friendly group environment. Consultant training is delivered through the Slimming World Academy. Slimming World also invests in a comprehensive research programme to develop its support for long-term weight management. The group support provided by Slimming World is recognised as effective by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the NHS.
For more information about Slimming World’s approach visit www.slimmingworld.co.uk or call 0344 897 8000.
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