NI-born holistic weight loss and wellness brand, Unislim, revealed the four winners of its inaugural Inspire Awards at a ceremony held at the Merchant Hotel on October 4th.   Each of the winners, who hail from across NI, were celebrated not only for their weight loss but also for their determination and resilience.

The ceremony saw the awards’ 12 finalists share incredible stories about the friendships that they have built and the unwavering support that they have provided to one another throughout their journeys.

Each finalist has embarked on an incredible transformation towards a healthier and happier life.

Categories included the Most Inspiring Transformation Award, which celebrates a member’s extraordinary transformation. This accolade went to Mairead McCaul from Newry, who has lost 9st 2.5lbs with Unislim.

The WOW Award, which recognises a personal accomplishment unrelated to weight loss, was given to Linda Purvis from Carrickfergus, who has lost 3st 6.5lbs during her Unislim journey.

The Health Hero Award, which pays tribute to a member who has overcome health challenges during their journey with Unislim went to Sandra Morley from Newry, who has lost 2st 5lbs with Unislim.

The Community Spirit Award, which recognises those who have helped to support and motivate other members, was received by Mark Foster from Belfast, who has lost 5st with Unislim.

Winner, Mairead McCaul, says, “I’m so thrilled to have won the Most Inspiring Transformation award, I truly can’t believe it.  I’d like to thank my amazing leader Arlene Carlisle and the Unislim community for their incredible support. 

“Every finalist is a winner here today, and I would like to congratulate each and every one of them!

Fiona Gratzer CEO of Unislim says, “Today, we celebrate not just weight loss but the incredible determination and transformative journeys of our members. Each story is a powerful reminder of the change that is possible.

“At Unislim, we’re not just about the numbers on the scale, we’re about changing lives and creating a lasting impact. Congratulations to our amazing finalists and leaders who continue to inspire and be inspired to live a healthier, happier life with Unislim.”

Founded in 1972, Unislim is currently celebrating its 51st anniversary. The brand, which is partnered with charity, Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke, was founded in Newry by Agnes McCourt. Agnes’ daughter, Fiona Gratzer, now runs the company.

Unislim offers weekly classes across Northern Ireland, to support and motivate members along their weight loss journey.

A cornerstone of the brand’s offering is its unique Balance Plan, which includes over 500 nourishing and healthy foods. Combined with Unislim’s Bites system, the easy-to-follow plan ensures that no food is off limits for members.

Developed during lockdown, Unislim Online creates a space for members to develop new healthy habits.   By joining Unislim Online, they gain access to cooking demos, and exercise classes, including Zoom classes. They also gain access to Unislim’s exclusive members only app.

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