Slimming group women in cancer race

Slimming World members doing Race for Life.  L - R Sandra Pereira, Julie Magennis, Susan Smyth and Julie McBride.  INPT2214-432
Slimming World members doing Race for Life. L - R Sandra Pereira, Julie Magennis, Susan Smyth and Julie McBride. INPT2214-432

Five members of Slimming World will be putting the healthy living message into practice when they take part in the Race for Life at Stormont this Sunday.

Susan Smyth, Julie Magennis, Julie McBride, Sandra Pereira and Mabel Gibson will be striding out in aid of Cancer Research UK.

The women-only 5km walk, or run, is held annually to raise money for the charity.

The women, who are members of the Rugby Club branch of Slimming World, are hoping not only to raise money for a good cause but to maintain the healthy lifestyle they have adopted.

According to statistics, around 17,000 cases of cancer in the UK are linked to being overweight, while obesity is the second biggest avoidable cause of cancer after smoking.

Birches woman Susan Smyth, who has lost a stone since joined Slimming World in February, said she aims to lead a healthy lifestyle as an example to her three children.

As a phlebotomist (someone who takes bloods)at Craigavon Area Hospital, she regularly encounters patients with cancer. “It affects the whole family when someone has cancer,” she said.

Her colleague, Julie Magennis, also a phlebotomist, joined the sliming group at the same time. Cancer research is a cause close to her heart as her dad has cancer.

And having successfully lost weight in just a few months, she is looking forward to taking part in what should be a really sociable day.

Meanwhile, Sandra Pereira, who this week reached her target weight, having lost more than five stone, seems to have caught the walking bug.

She said, “I did the Belfast Marathon 13km route last month and I loved it. The atmosphere was great. Cancer research is a good cause.”

Sandra’s uncle died a year and a half ago of the disease, and because he was in Portugal, she didn’t manage to see him before he passed away. She added, “I really feel for my cousins who have lost their father. There are so many people getting cancer, it scares you.”

Elly Crory, Slimming World consultant, said, “Slimming World supports members to make healthy lifestyle changes.

The Food Optimising eating plan encourages a diet high in fibre, fruit and vegetables, as recommended by the World Cancer Research Fund.

“Through Body Magic, Slimming World helps members to move away from sedentary lifestyles to become more active as part of their day-to-day life.

“Members also reduce their risk of developing cancer by losing and maintaining a healthy weight.”