Grantham mums shed the pounds and learn how to lead healthy lives at free course

Grantham mums after their total weight loss of 4st 5lb. Back from left, Nina Buckley, 30, Mel Pilarczyk, 29, Ella Coombes, 38, Andrea Foster, 38, Leanne Turner 33, Emma Edwards, 34. Front, health trainer Bryoni Gould-Martin EMN-150527-120737001
Grantham mums after their total weight loss of 4st 5lb. Back from left, Nina Buckley, 30, Mel Pilarczyk, 29, Ella Coombes, 38, Andrea Foster, 38, Leanne Turner 33, Emma Edwards, 34. Front, health trainer Bryoni Gould-Martin EMN-150527-120737001

A group of mums from Grantham have shed the pounds and lost a total of four stone five pounds as part of a new Live Well 4 Life course delivered by health trainers from the Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service.

The group of seven mums completed the free 10-week course in Grantham, losing the pounds and learning how to live healthier lives with their families.

Leanne Turner, 32, from Grantham signed up to the course after finding she was struggling to lose the weight she had gained from her third pregnancy. She had the biggest weight loss in the 10 weeks, dropping from 12 stone 10 pounds to 11 stone two pounds.

Leanne, who has three young children aged, eight, four and two, explained just how beneficial the free course was: “They gave us nutritional information and explained portion sizes. You just don’t realise what you are eating.

“We received useful tips about what to look for when you’re shopping and I use that all the time. Even with the kids and what I buy for them. I’m now far more aware. Some drinks we used to have, I just didn’t realise how much sugar was in them, which was quite shocking really.

“I did find it difficult to change the way I ate to start with but now we’re into the routine and even my husband is sticking to it too. I’m snacking a lot less, eating more healthily and having smaller portions.”

The Grantham course finished at the end of March, but Leanne is still keeping up the good work and continuing to lose weight.

Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) health trainers delivered Live Well 4 Life courses in Holbeach, Grantham, Spalding and Boston. The courses were aimed at parents with young children and were delivered at Children’s Centres.

Each of the courses focused on subjects including healthy eating, portion control, food labelling, managing stress, the benefits of physical activity and early prevention of cancer.

Chloe Stevenson, LCVS health trainer, said: “What was interesting was that each parent on the course took something different out of it.”