By CLINT FOSTER
A new non-profit organization is coming to Mineral Wells to help residents with weight loss and wellness education. Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, or TOPS, will begin meetings of it’s new Mineral Wells chapter today at 5:15 p.m. at Crazy Fit on West Hubbard Street.
TOPS provides support groups for people trying to shed pounds and change their lifestyles all over the county. Crazy Fit Owner Jann Estep said the the first meeting at her gym will be free and open to the public. She said anyone who then decides to join the group will then only have to pay a small national TOPS Club Inc. annual membership fee and chapter fee, which is around $5.
Estep said TOPS’ scientifically proven program has contributed to 425,000 tons of collective weight lost by clients last year. The program includes weekly meetings that promote successful and affordable weight loss solutions through practices such as healthy eating and regular physical activity.
Estep said the local TOPS chapter will be the only weight-loss support group of its kind in the area. She added that a friend inspired her to seek out TOPS to meet at her fitness center.
"I have a friend that just was recognized internationally for her weight loss and her work with TOPS," she said. "I had talked to her about it and because I’m so much more into fitness right now and living a healthy lifestyle [I decided] TOPS is the perfect tie-in with that."
Estep hopes that the community benefits from the presence of TOPS and Mineral Wells becomes a healthier city as a whole.
"I just hope we can give some support to people that are trying to lose weight sensibly," she said. "I just hope to help everybody be a little healthier."
For more information on TOPS in Mineral Wells, call 940-682-5239 or visit the TOPS website at www.tops.org.
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