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New PSAs Spotlight TOPS® Weight-Loss ‘Losers’

December 13, 2018
Members Share their Success Stories to Empower Others who StruggleMILWAUKEE, WI / ACCESSWIRE / December 13, 2018 / TOPS Club Inc.® (Take Off Pounds SensiblySM), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, has released a new series of

Members Share their Success Stories to Empower Others who Struggle

MILWAUKEE, WI / ACCESSWIRE / December 13, 2018 / TOPS Club Inc.® (Take Off Pounds SensiblySM), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, has released a new series of national TV and radio Public ServiceAnnouncements (PSAs) featuring some of its most inspiring members. The PSAs inform listeners and viewers that TOPS is an affordable, proven-effective program to combat obesity, which affects one in three U.S. adults1. Members also share their experiences and tips for making lasting lifestyle changes.′

Member Laura Phillips of Defiance, Ohio, lost more than 120 pounds through TOPS. In these compelling testimonials, she shares, ″I’ve got battle wounds from being overweight. My life’s so much different now. With TOPS, you’re not following a cookie-cutter diet. You get support from your chapter no matter what. It’s never too late to get healthier.″

Audrey Barge-Jones, who lives in Locust Grove, Va., and lost 86.7 pounds, says, ″Without TOPS, I would still be taking insulin injections. TOPS gave me the tools. They’ve taken out the guesswork. My chapter members were just so friendly, so warm and inviting.″

Husband and wife members Geoff and Debra Holliman, of New Brighton, Minn., lost 28 pounds and 61 pounds respectively with the help of TOPS. Geoff notes, ″I just knew something had to be done. I wasn’t happy with myself. It’s important that TOPS is a support group, and it’s designed around accountability.″

Vivian Andrews, who resides in Shreveport, La. and lost 92 pounds with the support of TOPS, emphasizes that, ″If you come to a meeting, nine times out of 10, you’re going to find somebody that’s going through the same thing that you’re going through. I’ve been overweight all of my life. I wanted to be healthy, and I wanted something that I could do the rest of my life.″

In these informative, unpaid testimonials, Phillips, Barge-Jones, the Hollimans, and Andrews share their stories about overcoming obesity, and taking and keeping off pounds sensibly.

The members belong to one of the thousands of TOPS chapters in the U.S. 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. TOPS members in the U.S. lost nearly 406,000 pounds combined last year.

Founded in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1948, TOPS has been leading the charge in preventing and managing obesity, donating more than $9 million to support medical research into the causes and treatment of obesity and related diseases. This includes financial and volunteer support of studies through the TOPS Center for Obesity and Metabolic Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Independent university studies show that TOPS works. Accordingto research published in Obesity, the official journal of The Obesity Society, TOPS works as well as commercial programs but costs less2. Participants experience a clinically significant weight loss2. Another independent 7-year study shows people who stay in TOPS keep their weight off and continue to lose3,4.

TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is the original weight-loss support and wellness education organization. Founded more than 70 years ago, TOPS is the only nonprofit, noncommercial weight-loss organization of its kind. TOPS promotes successful weight management with a ″Real People. Real Weight Loss.®″ philosophy that combines support from others at weekly chapter meetings, healthy eating, regular exercise and wellness information. TOPS has about 125,000 members – male and female, age seven and older – in thousands of chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. Membership is affordable at just $32 per year in the U.S. and $44 per year in Canada ($46 in 2019), plus nominal chapter fees. To find a local chapter, visit www.tops.org or call (800) 932-8677.


We encourage you to air any of the PSAs. For more information about TOPS, download the Media Kit. Please contact us for images and b-roll, or if you would like to speak with any of the members featured or a local representative from TOPS. For more information on the TOPS chapters in your area, visit www.tops.org.


Kimberly Greene TOPS Club Inc. 414-482-4620 x48

1NCHSData Brief, No. 219, November 2015.

2Determining the Effectiveness of Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), a Nationally Available Nonprofit Weight-Loss Program. Obesity Journal Intervention and Prevention. Volume 19, Number 3, March 2011. Nia S. Mitchell, L. Miriam Dickinson, Allison Kempe, & Adam G. Tsai.

3Up to 7 Years of Sustained Weight Loss for Weight-Loss Program Completers. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. May 29, 2015 Nia S. Mitchell, MD, MPH, Sarit Polsky, MD, MPH , Victoria A. Catenacci, MD, Anna L. Furniss, MS, & Allan V. Prochazka, MD MSc.

4Reach of Effective, Nationally-Available, Low-Cost, Nonprofit Weight Loss Program in Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs). Journal: Journal of Community Health. First online: 14 June 2015, pp 1-6. Nia S. Mitchell, Ariann F. Nassel, & Deborah Thomas.

SOURCE: TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

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