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Trio of mums encouraging people in Diss to shake off lockdown weight with Slimming World classes




Three mums are encouraging people in Diss to shake off the pounds they put on during lockdown, as they prepare to relaunch their weight loss groups.

Following the revelation that 40 per cent of British adults had gained weight during the coronavirus pandemic, the trio – made up of Diss residents Hannah Balaam and Jane Aldous, and Eye resident Natalie Duke – are urging people to head along to one of their Slimming World classes.

The classes will be run in churches and community centres across south Norfolk and mid-Suffolk, including Diss, Long Stratton and Eye, and will walk people through simple and achievable eating plans.

Jane Aldous, Hannah Balaam and Natalie Dungar-Duke, of Slimming World, are encouraging members to return to face to face meetings post lockdown. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2021.
Jane Aldous, Hannah Balaam and Natalie Dungar-Duke, of Slimming World, are encouraging members to return to face to face meetings post lockdown. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2021.

Mrs Aldous, who has worked as a consultant in Diss for more than 12 years, stressed the importance of a diet plan after the pandemic had allowed people to slip into bad eating habits.

The mother-of-two said: “We understand that, for many people, just keeping themselves and their family safe from Covid was the priority throughout lockdowns – not their weight.

“The pandemic has affected households in so many different ways – from being furloughed and changing working habits and routines, to long and stressful hours for key workers, and people struggling financially or with their mental health.

“All our clubs and societies we enjoyed attending were closed – and food and drink was something many of us turned to get us through.”

Mrs Balaam, who is also a mum-of-two, added: “As well as people who have struggled in the past with their weight, we are now finding that, due to lockdown, lots of people who have never had to worry about their weight are now finding themselves in a position where they are feeling unhappy, but aren’t sure how to lose the weight they’ve gained.”

The groups, which are held on a weekly basis, introduce members to a flexible meal plan, before joining existing members in a group time known as ‘image therapy’.

Mrs Balaam, who herself has worked as a consultant in Eye for more than eight years, added: “This is time spent with like-minded people.

“We know this hour each week, with friends at group, is an opportunity to make reflections on the week and it helps you feel geared up for success.

“As well as the inspiration and tips you get from each other, the motivation and support you receive will help you understand yourself as a slimmer like never before.”

Classes are held at Diss Methodist Church, in Victoria Road; The Corn Hall in St Nicholas Street; Roydon Primary School in Manor Road; Eye Community Centre in Magdalen Street; Rickinghall Village Hall in Hinderclay Road; King George’s Hall in Broad Street, Harleston; Long Stratton Village Hall in Ipswich Road; Long Stratton Methodist Church in Manor Road; and St Mary’s Church Memorial Hall in Attleborough.

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