Mom Relaunches Stoke-on-Trent Wellness Club to Support Women’s Physical and Mental Health
A women’s wellness group has been revived in Stoke-on-Trent – and it could help you with your physical and mental health.
Mum Shiobhan Aston first started Fit Slims Club in 2017, at Aston Health and Fitness, the Fegg Hayes gym she owns with her husband.
Today, the Women’s Health and Wellness Club has been relaunched as a Community Investment Company (CIC), and Shiobhan is keen to reach as many women as possible.
Through weekly sessions, personal trainer Shiobhan and his Fit Slims Ambassadors will support local women in their nutrition, fitness and mental well-being.
Shiobhan even has big plans for children and families, and hopes to encourage young people to learn how to cook fresh food during the summer school holidays.
Shiobhan, of Fegg Hayes, said: “I ran Fit Slims as a company a few years ago, and I had always been on the fence about it, but I had a lot of friends who wanted to that I restart it.
“I decided to relaunch it, but now I want to do more, to really benefit local women, and make it so much bigger than before.
“It’s always been about being a place you can come to improve your health, but also to meet new people and complain.
“I also wanted it to be a safe place for women to come when they need it, to talk about their mental health and the stresses of everyday life.
“You can come to get in shape and improve your general well-being. We support nutrition, fitness and mental health. We try to encourage everything.
“I would also love to set up a 24 hour mental health helpline. Mental health support is so needed right now, especially with the pandemic.
Shiobhan was determined to keep the weight loss club “fun” – and she’s already had a great response.
She said: “I wanted to take on little challenges, and one of the ones we started with was not eating processed foods. The women did so well, they were amazing, they lost weight. and are really looking forward to having a piece of cake now.
“It’s about laughing and making things fun, and giving people that sense of accomplishment by taking on those challenges with other people.”
Fit Slims will also cater to families and help parents teach their children – especially teenagers – to cook.
“A lot of kids don’t know how to cook anymore. I know what it’s like with my kids – all they know is how to go to the store and have a sandwich,” Shiobhan added.
“What we’re going to do is over the six-week vacation we’ll pick 30 kids from Stoke-on-Trent to enter a contest. There will be a number of children each week, and they will be asked to cook a meal with the fresh food we give them.
“Every week there will be a winner, and the last week all the winners will go head to head. We would like companies to sponsor us to give us better prices.
“For us at the gym, we were giving the winner a voucher for him and his family to use the gym.
“Right now we are looking for additional funding and we want to spread the word so people know what we are doing.”
You can follow Fit Slims on Facebook.
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