TOPS ON #1211 CAPREOL were on hand to host a beautiful Bake
/ Penny Table at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre early in December.
Shown above during their "shift" were Juanita Rector, Jackie
MacGarvie and Stella Kent. The Capreol TOPS branch has 14 active members
with the most senior member almost 70 years of age. They meet every
Wednesday in the United Church hall on Young Street in Capreol.
Between 5:45 and 6:15 p.m. the members are weighed in by Juanita who is
the official weight recorder.
After the weigh in, the members meet until 7:30 p.m., discussing a
variety of appropriate topics that are mostly provided by the TOPS
According to Juanita, "TOPS is all about developing a healthy
lifestyle that will help you keep off unwanted weight. It is a way to get
support from friends who have similar goals and who want to help each
other. We all have the right frame of mind to stick to our diets, but it
is hard to do it alone."
Indeed, members are encouraged to contact each other in between
meetings for personal support and assistance. Many find that by attending
weekly meetings and having to go through a weigh-in, they are more likely
to follow their personal plan of action.
Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) is a non-profit, non-commercial
weight-loss support group with branches throughout Canada and the United
States. The membership fee is only $30 per year, which includes a monthly
magazine. The Annual TOPS Convention was held last year in Sudbury and was
attended by over 3000 people. It is an organization that is open to
children as young as seven years of age, provided they have a weight
problem. All members must get a check-up from their family doctor who will
be responsible for the supervision of the person's individual progress.
If you would like to find out more information about the organization
in Capreol, simply drop in on Wednesday evening, or call one of the