Capreol TOPS Raise Funds and Public Awareness With Annual Christmas Bake Sale and Penny Table At The Mall

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 International Organization.

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 following people:

Claudette Lalonde
Group Leader
Juanita Rector
Weight Recorder


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