An Evening With Slimming World Founder

23 May 2011

Margaret Whittaker

Margaret Whittaker founder of Slimming World will talk at the University of Derby, Kedleston Road site on Tuesday 14 June. (Image courtesy Oliver Neilson)

A successful Derbyshire businesswoman will share the secrets of her business success as well as her views on slimming and health at an exclusive talk at the University of Derby on Tuesday 14 June.

The founder of Slimming World, Margaret Whittaker, will give the free talk to a public audience at 6.30pm at the University's Kedleston Road site, and there are still a number of seats available.

Margaret established Slimming World in 1969 as she felt that the approaches to dieting popular at that time were philosophically wrong. She set out to share her views on diet and slimming and by the end of 1969 had set up 40 groups.

Today there are over 6,000 Slimming World groups across Britain. In 2009 the business celebrated its 40th anniversary and during those four decades, over five million slimmers have attended the groups.

The business' head office is in Alfreton, Derbyshire, just a few miles from where the company started over 40 years ago. Margaret was made an Honorary Master of the University of Derby in 2010 in recognition of her local roots and national success.

Slimming World worked in collaboration with Greater Derby Primary Care Trust to develop a referral scheme for obese patients, and in 2003 Slimming World on Referral was launched to GPs and Primary Care Teams as an alternative to prescribing weight loss medication.

For more information on the talk or to book a place visit website www.derby.ac.uk/whittaker or call Anne Wake on 01332 591187.

For more information please contact Press & PR Officer Joanna Colburn on 01332 593004 or 07775 036988, or email j.colburn@derby.ac.uk

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