Club of the Week – Broken Hill Slimmers Club

For more than 50 years, the Broken Hill Slimmers Club has been helping likeminded individuals wanting to lose weight, eat healthier, and feel better healthwise.

Meeting every Tuesday morning from 10am to 11am at the Centre for Community on Beryl St, the 25-plus members of the Slimmers Club are all about looking out for each other across the journey to living healthier lives.

Through guest speakers, weekly in-house fundraisers and raffles, game days, trading table weeks, trips out to Silverton or Mt Gipps for luncheons, and other seasonal events, the Slimmers Club never stray from their purpose. They take part in 10-week challenges, exchange ideas, present special awards, all leading to making sure they’re on the path to a healthier lifestyle.

“We are not dieticians. We are a support group of like-minded people who just want to lose a few kilos and feel better healthwise,” Slimmers Club President, Ellen Hamilton, told the Barrier Truth.

“We just try to eat healthily and be honest to ourselves, because if you’re not, we’re only kidding yourself, not anybody else. No crash diets – that is my stipulation. I don’t like them. They take the weight off, but you bang it back on straight away. Nobody gives a crap if you put on weight, because people bounce, they go up and down, it’s so easy to do.”

Ms Hamilton says Covid knocked the Club about, with some 40 regulars before the pandemic. Byut numbers have picked up again and with a low weekly $5 fee – or just $10 per year – she says many still attend, especially for the added benefit of the very social side to the Club. The group often, after meetings, eat lunch together at the centre or at one of the clubs in town.

“Big social group, most of them come for the social side of it because otherwise they’d be home on their own. Really tight friendships occur here. It’s a lovely group, I just love them all, they’re really nice,” Ms Hamilton said.

“It’s about uplifting each other and encouragement from somebody else. If you are down, you still come, because they’re the ones that pick you up again.”

For more information, phone Ellen Hamilton on 0428 874 712 or head to the Centre for Community at 10am every Tuesday.

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