Pensioner turns to computers to slim

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A DONCASTER woman learned computer skills to lose weight through the internet - and she hopes her success at the age of 78 will motivate others to explore the web.

Norah Hanley initially signed up for computer classes at The Terrace in Conisbrough to get to grips with technology.

As a director of Doncaster West Development Trust, which runs the free sessions, she was keen to discover the benefits for herself and encourage fellow beginners to take the plunge.

Aiming to lose weight and improve her health, Norah read about a nutritionist offering online dietary support. She then used the internet at weekly classes to research his methods, followed the daily eating plan and shed four stones in less than a year.

Norah, who lives in Denaby, said: “It just goes to show that it’s worth learning something new at any age.”

Now the busy great-grandma is keen to spread the word about the benefits of computer skills and hopes more people will take the opportunity to learn.

“The work being done at The Terrace is spot-on and we had a nice little group so it was enjoyable as well as useful,” she said.

“I think people don’t always realise what’s available in their communities, some of which won’t cost them any money, so we need to get that message across.”

Norah sometimes taps into an internet forum to keep in touch with fellow dieters and said the online approach and regular support had made all the difference to her achievement.

Scores of people of all ages have enrolled on the UK Online Basics course at DWDT, to learn about the keyboard and mouse, email accounts, internet safety and searches.

n To find out more about the computer basics classes at The Terrace call Sue Oxley on 01709 866466.