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Hundreds lose loads after rising to 'Move it' challenge

By Hector MacKenzie

Councillor Sandy Park presents Johanna Quinney with her prize.
Councillor Sandy Park presents Johanna Quinney with her prize.

ROSS-SHIRE residents are amongst those to have shed a cumulative 504 stone following two trailblazing six-week challenges.

People from across the Highlands who took part in High Life Highland’s health and fitness campaign; Move It to Lose It have shed an incredible 504 stone 12 pounds in total across 2 6-week periods.

More than 1,400 people got involved over the course of the campaign - including hundreds from centres on the Black Isle, Dingwall, Alness, Invergordon, Gairloch and Tain.

Last week at Nairn Leisure, the winner of the most recent campaign was presented with her prize by Highland Council convenor, Sandy Park.

Councillor Park, who also donned his trainers for Move It to Lose It, presented mum-of-five Johanna Quinney with her prize of a year’s ‘all-inclusive’ High Life membership and congratulated her on her great achievement.

Johanna, who uses Nairn Leisure, was one of more than 50 people at the leisure centre who benefited from the help and assistance available as part of the programme, including one-to-one tips and advice, weekly weigh-ins and last minute ‘burnout workouts’.

Johanna said “I am so pleased to be feeling fitter and brighter, ready for spring! It's great to feel trimmer, and on top of my improved personal health, wonderful to have our family membership of Highlife given to us for a year.

"All my children have had their swimming lessons here with the highlife scheme and now that they're old enough to come themselves, they use the pool and gym as well.

"Thank you to Highlife Highland and Nairn leisure for organising these get fit campaigns, it makes a difference to have the staff on the side-lines cheering us on.”

Councillor Park said: “I also enjoyed being part of Move it To Lose It and feel a great benefit. I am now keen to continue on a regular user of the facilities also thank all the staff for their friendly and helpful advice.”

Emma Thomson, area facilities officer for High Life Highland said of Johanna’s achievement: “I am really proud of Johanna for achieving her goals. She’s a brilliant example of just what can be achieved if you set your mind to it and have the help and motivation of friends and of course, the staff at Nairn Leisure!”

The winner of the first six-week Move It to Lose It campaign, which ended just before Christmas: 47-year-old Chris Reid was also from Nairn!

The campaign ‘Team Challenge’ also offered a cash prize to the leisure centre whose members lost the most combined weight. The winning centre was the Badenoch Centre in Kingussie, which will now have an extra £1,000 to spend on fitness equipment.

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