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  • Staff photo by BOB HAMMERSTROM


    Anita Hazard, right, helped Bonnie Williams lose more than 102 pounds through Weight Watchers off Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua, Thursday, April 26, 2012.


  • Staff photo by BOB HAMMERSTROM


    Weight Watchers Ambassador Anita Hazard leads a meeting of clients at Weight Watchers off Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua, Thursday, April 26, 2012.


  • Staff photo by BOB HAMMERSTROM


    Anita Hazard shares a lighter moment with clients at Weight Watchers off Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua, Thursday, April 26, 2012.


  • Staff photo by BOB HAMMERSTROM


    Anita Hazard talks with clients about eating habits and healthy snacks during a meeting at Weight Watchers off Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua, Thursday, April 26, 2012.


  • Staff photo by BOB HAMMERSTROM


    Weight Watchers Northeast Ambassador Anita Hazard, left, chats with Sue Dziedzic, above-right, and Jennifer Thompson-Ames during a power start session at Weight Watchers off Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua, Thursday, April 26, 2012.


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Weight Watchers doubles Nashua locations with north and south end stores

NASHUA – When Bonnie Williams wants to eat pizza or Chinese food, she eats pizza or Chinese food.

That hasn’t stopped the Hudson woman from dropping a cool 103.4 pounds over the past year and a half.

When she indulges, she counts what she consumes in points through her participation in Weight Watchers in Nashua, Williams said.

“It feels wonderful,” Williams said. “I feel more energetic. I can do more. I have no more pains in my legs and feet because I am on my feet a lot for work during the day.”

Now there are more opportunities for Greater Nashua residents to follow in Williams’ lighter footsteps.

In April, Weight Watchers opened two new locations in Nashua, one at Webster Square off Daniel Webster Highway, next to Five Below, and another in the northern part of the city on Cellu Drive off Amherst Street.

Relocating from its Nashua mainstay on Coliseum Avenue, the goal was to make meetings more convenient for on-the-go members, said Anita Hazard, ambassador for Weight Watchers Northeast.

The Coliseum location had been the retreat for area New Year’s resolution chasers and residents seeking a skinnier lifestyle for more than 20 years, she said.

The new locations also will better cater to northern Massachusetts residents who visit Nashua to complete Weight Watchers weigh-ins, as well as Amherst, Milford and Merrimack members who travel from the northern side of the city, Hazard said.

Weight Watchers now has five New Hampshire stores including one each in Salem, Concord and Dover.

“The idea of being in a retail location was to provide vibrant stories, conveniently located in popular shopping areas to have easy access for our members, members that could possibly be out shopping or from out of town,” Hazard said.

She was not sure of the exact size of the new locations or how much Weight Watchers spent to upgrade them.

Each store is equipped with Weight Watchers food products and the tools for the program’s Points Plus system.

“They’re very nice,” Williams said. “They’ve modernized.”

Every day, hundreds of Weight Watchers members congregate to meet with certified group leaders to share in that bumpy road to a slimmer, trimmer self.

Assisted by about 25 employees between the two Nashua stores, attendees learn ways to fit healthier habits into their lives by attending weekly weigh-ins and sitting in on presentations.

At the meetings, members share recipes they’ve tried and tricks they’ve used to get weight down.

“I find it very inspirational,” Williams said. “You’re not alone.”

At age 51, and at approximately 180 pounds, William said she is the slimmest she’s been in almost 20 years.

She has 29 more pounds to go to reach her goal. She goes to Thursday night meetings once a week to stay on track, often sitting in on presentations at other locations to get more tips.

“Honest to God, I have not found it hard,” Williams said. “When you have an eating problem and you’re around food, it does get challenging, but I think I’m just beginning to accept that it’s the way I’m going to eat forever.”

The Nashua facilities will celebrate grand openings with a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. Saturday .

Along with member success stories, there will be healthy cooking demonstrations and Zumba promotions, as well as raffles and giveaways.

Maryalice Gill can be reached at 594-6490 or mgill@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Gill on Twitter (@Telegraph_MAG).