Amie Craddock, who runs the Rushden Thursday Slimming World group, was presented with a gold award at the organisation’s annual national awards ceremony in Birmingham in June for her success in helping slimmers reach their dream weight.
Amie became one of Slimming World’s gold consultants last August.
The accolade is in recognition of achieving the highest levels of support for slimmers, with Amie being one of just 74 Slimming World consultants who have become gold consultants in the past 12 months.
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Amie said: “I’m delighted to have received this gold award.
“I truly love my job and I feel so passionate about helping people to change their lives by losing weight.
“Seeing them succeed is so rewarding and being given this recognition really is the icing on the cake.
“It’s not just a triumph for me though, this award belongs to all of my members too.
“They’re the ones who make our group the success that it is, with their fabulous commitment, the lovely warm welcome they give new members and the wonderful compassionate support they give each other every week.
“As well as their impressive weight losses while following Slimming World’s Food Optimising eating plan, of course.
“They make the group a fun and friendly place to be and I can safely say I’m always so excited to see everyone each week.
“I truly believe I have the best job in the world helping people to lose weight and achieve their dreams.”
Amie’s slimmers have already lost more than 300 stone so far this year.
She added: “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.
“It was an honour to collect this award on stage in Birmingham – I just wish I could have taken all of my members with me.
“The group has really put healthy weight loss on the map in Rushden.
“Together, they’ve lost an amazing 308 stones this year.
“Obesity is at record levels everywhere and with a large percentage of adults in Rushden being affected, many people here are suffering a range of weight-related health problems from diabetes to heart problems and feelings of low self-worth that impact on their working and personal lives every day.
“So anything that helps people to lose weight by adopting healthy eating habits and becoming more active is making a difference – both to themselves and future generations too.
“I’m extremely proud to be a part of that difference.”
Anyone who wants to join the Rushden group, which meets every Thursday at 9.30am, 11.30am and 1.30pm at the Masonic Hall in Wellingborough Road, can pop along or call Amie on 07730 795235.