TOPS' members laud vegetarian lifestyle
September 21, 2010
Vegetarian members of TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) headquartered in Milwaukee, WI, the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, know that healthy, well-balanced meal planning is a key element to successful and lasting weight loss and maintenance. The benefits of a vegetarian plan, or the exclusion or limitation of animal-based foods, can include reductions in risk for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and the prevention of some forms of cancer. Plant-based foods also have significant amounts of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

In recognition of World Vegetarian Day (October 1) and the kickoff of Vegetarian Awareness Month, several vegetarian members of TOPS have shared their thoughts on why they’ve chosen a vegetarian meal plan and how it’s helped them with their weight-loss journey.

Non-profit TOPS clubs were established more than 62 years ago to champion weight loss support by promoting affordable weight management with a philosophy combining healthy eating, regular exercise, wellness information and support from others at weekly chapter meetings. TOPS has about 170,000 members in nearly 10,000 chapters throughout the US and Canada.

Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. TOPS chapters within 10 miles of the Joplin area are: TOPS MO 0039 with weigh-in from 5:15-5:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the First Christian Church, 409 W. 4th St.(Family Life Center), Joplin; TOPS MO 0562 with weigh in and meeting from 9-10 a.m. on Thursdays at Royal Heights United Methodist Church, 1612 Euclid Ave. (social room), Joplin; and TOPS MO 0991 with weigh in and meeting from 4:45-5:30 p.m. on Mondays at Central United Methodist Church, 5 s. Pennsylvania St. (kitchen), Webb City. For all the groups Phyllis A. Fisher of Joplin is captain (417) 291-2362, Randall M. Paul of Springfield is coordinator (417) 368-5755. To find a meeting in a different area go here.

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