Mum relaunches Stoke-on-Trent well-being club to support women’s physical and mental health

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A women’s well-being group has relaunched in Stoke-on-Trent – and it could help you with your physical and mental health.

Mum Shiobhan Aston first launched Fit Slims Club in 2017, at Aston Health and Fitness, the Fegg Hayes gym that she owns with her husband.

Now the women’s health and well-being 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 her Fit Slims ambassadors will support local ladies with their nutrition, fitness and mental well-being.

Shiobhan has even got big plans for children and families, too, and hopes to encourage young people to learn how to cook fresh food during the summer school holidays.

Shiobhan, from Fegg Hayes, said: “I ran Fit Slims as a business a few years ago, and I’d always been on the fence about it, but I had a lot of friends that wanted me to start it up again.

“I decided to relaunch it, but now I want to do more with it, to really benefit local women, and make it so much bigger than it was before.



Nathan and Shiobhan Aston run Aston Health and Fitness gym

“It’s always been about being a place where you can come to improve your health, but to also meet new people and have a moan.

“I also wanted it to be a safe place for women to come in their hour of need, to talk about their mental health and the stresses of everyday life.

“You can come to get fitter, and improve your general well-being. We’re supporting with nutrition, fitness and mental health. We try to encourage a bit of everything.

“I’d love to set up a 24-hour mental health helpline too. Mental health support is needed so much right now, particularly because of the pandemic.”

Shiobhan was determined to keep the slimming club ‘fun’ – and she’s already had a great response.

She said: “I wanted to do little challenges, and one of the ones we have started with is not eating any processed foods. The women have done so well, they have been amazing, lost weight and really looking forward to having a piece of cake now.

“It’s all about having a laugh and making things fun, and giving people that sense of achievement by completing these challenges with other people.”


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Fit Slims will also reach out to families too, and support parents in teaching their youngsters – particularly teenagers – how to cook.

“A lot of children now can’t cook. I know what it’s like with my kids – all they know is how to go to the shop and grab a sandwich,” added Shiobhan.

“What we’ll be doing is during the six-week holidays, we will choose 30 kids from Stoke-on-Trent who will take part in a competition. There will be a certain number of children each week, and they’ll be asked to cook a meal with fresh food that we give to them.

“Every week there will be a winner, and on the final week, all the winners will go head to head. We’d love to get companies to sponsor us to give us better prizes.

“For us, at the gym, we’d give the winner a voucher for them and their family to use the gym.

“At the moment, we are looking for extra funding and we want to spread the word to let people know what we are doing.”

You can keep up with Fit Slims on Facebook.

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