A PEEL woman who has helped hundreds of people in Peel and Douglas gain a healthy weight and lifestyle has been recognised for her outstanding service to slimmers in the island.
Mum of two, Jo Pack was awarded Weight Watchers Diamond Leader status at the regional Weight Watchers conference in Manchester.
The award, which celebrates leaders who have provided exceptional support to their members during their weight loss journey, is only given out once every two years to a select group of leaders across the country.
This year alone, Jo has helped people lose approximately 500 stone from the start of the year and has led over 75 members to successfully shed five per cent or more of their weight.
Peel meeting member Jane Salter, said the accolade is well deserved. She said: ‘Jo is wonderful. She is an inspiration to many of us and gives us great tips, tricks and support to help us achieve our weight loss goals. I have lost more than seven-and-a-half stone with Jo and I’ve never felt better, it’s changed my life in so many different ways.’
Jo, 37, who has been running her class since November 2010, also beat stiff competition from 1,900 groups across the island and the UK, when she previously won the meeting of the month competition.
She became a leader by chance after going along to the Peel class to support her friend in 2009.
Weight Watchers UK operations director Samantha Rhodes presented the award to Jo. She said: ‘At the heart of Weight Watchers success are inspiring leaders like Jo. She has been with Weight Watchers for two years – firstly as a member who successfully lost over three-and-a-half stone and then as a leader, running three meetings a week in Peel and Douglas. We are delighted to have her as part of the team and are immensely proud of the difference she makes in her local community.’
It is the first time Jo has been awarded Diamond Leader status and she is thrilled. The delighted leader said: ‘I’m so proud of my members and how well they’ve done, and to get this award for doing something I love is amazing.’
Jo has been nominated for the heart of gold category in the Manx Radio heroes in the community awards. To find out more about Jo’s meetings, call 451026 or email jovpack(at)yahoo.co.uk.