A MILNGAVIE woman, known for helping people to lose weight, has been described as an ‘inspiration’ to fellow slimmers.
Linda Long has been honoured by her employer Slimming World for her unrivalled efforts to help her community.
For the second year in a row, she has been celebrated among the organisation’s most successful slimmers.
Linda was invited down to a glamorous awards ceremony in Birmingham, hosted by TV comedian Jason Manford.
The well-known funny man admitted he was moved by the event, and was full of praise for Linda.
He said: “Presenting the Slimming World Awards was a real honour.
“I was blown away by the achievements of all of the slimmers who joined us on stage.
“Throughout the day I met so many inspirational people, not only the slimmers collecting awards but also the amazing people like Linda who run the groups and help them achieve so much. It’s literally changed their lives beyond all recognition.
“I know keeping weight in control is a challenge for a lot of us these days and I think the people of Milngavie are very lucky to have someone who is clearly as dedicated to their members as Linda is and to have such a great support network on their doorstep.
“If anyone in Milngavie is thinking about trying to lose weight, I can honestly say that this Slimming World group is the place to do it.”
Linda currently runs two weekly Slimming World groups at Milngavie United Free Church every Wednesday.
Originally, she was a slimmer herself but since her weight-loss she has been compelled to help others do the same.
But while her accomplishments are being hailed, Linda insists there is still a lot of work ahead.
She said: “With some of the highest levels of obesity in Europe here in the UK, in 2012 we want to help even more people to slim down and improve their health starting this January.
“By making small easy changes to the way they shop, cook and eat, members see a big difference on the scales.
“When you combine this with all the support, fun and friendship that members get at a Slimming World group, that’s a powerful weight loss package that’s hard to beat — all year round.
“At this time of year lots of people will be making New Year’s resolutions and pledging to lose weight.
“We’d love anyone who wants to make a change to come along and join us, even if they’ve struggled to stick to resolutions in the past, there’s no need to be put off.”
Swimming World helps more than a million people every year to lose weight and lead healthier, happier lives at one of its 8,000 weekly sessions.