A personal trainer and fitness coach from Watford has received an MBE for working hard to help others during the pandemic.
Lavina Mehta MBE, 43, who is a mum of three, was honoured at Winsor Castle on December 14 for services to health and fitness during COVID-19 with special interest to the Asian community and older people.
As a British Asian, Lavina was inspired by statistics indicating Asians are less physically active, with a higher risk of diabetes and heart disease, in comparison to the white population.
She has been passionately promoting the health benefits of exercise and, just before lockdown, she launched a national campaign to “Get UK Asians Fit”.
Her free workouts with her 74-year-old mother-in-law, which she has continued after the lockdowns, have helped thousands globally – even people up to the age of 100 in care homes have watched her sessions.
She is making fitness accessible to all with her concept of Exercise Snacking – breaking down barriers of time, cost and motivation.
She also supported many charities last year; including the Alzheimer’s Society, Brain Tumour Research; and is a proud ambassador for Diabetes UK on her mission to help everyone feel good physically and mentally.
Lavina, whose slogan is “exercise for sanity, not vanity”, left her corporate career as a global project manager 13 years ago to raise her three boys, before requalifying as a personal trainer just three-and-a-half years ago, having originally started her fitness journey 10 years ago.
You can watch Lavina’s videos at youtube.com/feelgoodwithlavina or keep up with her activities at www.instagram.com/feelgoodwithlavina