Toledo woman and Bryan man Lose Big with TOPS

Press Staff Writer

        TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, has begun unveiling its top “royalty” from 2020 for 2021.
        TOPS royalty are women and men who, at the end of the year, have officially recorded the largest weight loss from their starting weight, regardless of the time taken to reach their goal.
        Alma Scott, of Toledo, who lost 156.5 pounds, and Scott Boulis of Bryan, who lost 70 pounds, are the Ohio 2020 Queen and King.
        TOPS offers an individual approach to weight loss and overall wellness. Consistent group support, health education, and recognition are all key components to successful weight management.
        “Despite the pandemic, with assistance from TOPS support, the 2020 royalty, and many others prior, have exhibited that achieving a personal transformation is still doable through small, sustainable lifestyle modifications,” said TOPS President Rick Danforth. “Having sustained a 100-pound weight loss for over 15 years, I personally understand the commitment these folks have demonstrated.”
        Scott and Boulis participated in the TOPS International Recognition Days virtual conference, which took place July 23-24. “Commemorating these life-changing accomplishments is an integral element of TOPS’ winning formula, particularly after a most challenging year,” Danforth said.
        Weekly meetings are the heart of TOPS support, whether they are held in-person or online. In-person meetings start with private weigh-ins, with members then sharing challenges, successes or goals, followed by a brief program covering a variety of health and wellness topics, and may conclude with awards and recognition for the week.
        For online membership, virtual meetings are conducted via Zoom and are offered three times during the week. The meeting starts with members disclosing challenges, successes or goals. Next, the online facilitator presents a prepared program and sometimes includes guest speakers who share their expert views on fitness, nutrition, and more. Meetings
conclude with action steps related to the program presented.
        Visitors are able to attend their first TOPS in-person meeting free of charge and encouraged to try more than one chapter, since they’re all a little different. Membership is $32 per year, plus nominal chapter fees. Online membership is $32 per year.
        To learn more about membership options or to find a local chapter, visit or call 800-932-8677.


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