Some 175 participants in a Cootehill community-based weight loss programme lost almost 67 and a half stone between them over a period of six weeks. The Cootehill Community Transformer programme saw people aged 16 to 70 years sign up for the challenge with Philomena Clarke named the transformer of the year at the culmination night last Thursday in St Aidan’s Comprehensive, Cootehill. Philomena lost two stone and four pounds over the course of the six weeks.
She said afterwards: “I’m just thrilled to bits. I did walking, all the classes and healthy eating.”
Some €943 was donated by organisers to the Million Euro Challenge, while €1,500 was presented to St Aidan’s Comp towards providing new facilities at the school.
The dynamic core organising group were Laura Nulty, Clare McCaul, Sandra Sherlock, Marion McGahan and David Cosgrove.
The instructors were David McCarney, John Joe Rodgers, Orla McCarthy and Karla Holden.
Clare told The Anglo-Celt that she was in charge of the weekly weigh-in and there was terrific weigh loss throughout the entire programme.
Laura explained that they had one activity happening on each day of the week during the programme. “The activities ranged from circuits, couch to 5k running, boxercise, walking with the Happy Feet group, Salsa dancing and the Cootehill Park run on a Saturday,” she outlined.