EAGLE i: New TOPS chapter paves the way to health

There’s a new program in town to help residents of Marco Island realize a healthier lifestyle. TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), an international weight-loss network of support groups, has started a new local chapter, TOPS Florida #820, Marco Island.

Weekly meetings will be held at 9 a.m. at Sunset House Social Room, 220 Seaview Court, Marco Island.

TOPS has been helping individuals live healthier lives for 60 years by actively promoting a combination of sensible eating, regular exercise, and ongoing support to help members achieve and maintain their weight-loss goals.

Women, men, teens and preteens committed to attaining and maintaining a healthy weight are all invited to join.

TOPS members lost a total of 951,902 pounds — 476 tons! — in 2007. The prevalence of overweight and obesity has become an alarming public health concern. The Surgeon General has estimated that two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese.

The recent weight-loss data from TOPS proves there is a solution to this epidemic. The key is medically sound, affordable, group support and education.

“At TOPS we understand that losing weight is a journey. It’s the consistent encouragement, understanding and strength from people who are struggling with similar issues that make this organization so successful,” says Sheila Robinson, chapter Leader.

“I encourage anyone seeking an affordable, informative, ongoing weight-loss support program to experience the power of TOPS.”

Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. To find another local chapter, visit tops.org or call TOPS Headquarters at 800-932-8677.

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