“Real life, Real people” is the theme for 2013-2014 for TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)
TOPS OH 1487 meets on Tuesday nights at the Catawba Community Hall at 3307 NW Catawba Rd., Port Clinton. Weigh-in starts at 6 p.m. and the meeting is 6:45 p.m.–7: 45 pm. The chapter is open for membership and welcomes both men and women. If you have any questions or would like to talk to a chapter member, call Janine Dress at 419-265-7298 or Marylue Carroll at 419-797-4283. Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge.
Recent findings from what is believed to be the largest study of a weight- loss program in the United States indicates that TOPS, the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, is associated with clinically significant weight loss among participants who remain in the program for at least one year.
According to a study published in Obesity, the official journal of The Obesity Society, TOPS participants who renewed their annual membership consecutively over a period of one to three years lost between 5.9% and 7.1% of their initial weight. People who remained in the program lost 6% of initial weight in the first year and maintained that weight loss for up to three years.
In addition to regular group meetings designed to reinforce healthy habits such as setting reasonable goals, increasing physical activity, portion control, and food journaling — major components of TOPS’ weight-loss philosophy, the TOPS program includes a six-week “quick-start” guide, MyDay One, and a one- year subscription to TOPS News, the organization’s members-only magazine.