Several residents of El Dorado Springs are embracing a healthier lifestyle after launching a new nonprofit weight-loss support group meeting. Weekly TOPS meetings will be held in the Community Center in downtown El Dorado Springs at 6 p.m. Thursday evenings.

TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is an affordable wellness education organization with thousands of chapters in the United States and Canada. Members learn about nutrition, portion control, food planning, exercise, motivation and more. Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge and without obligation.

“We’re so excited to get started in our new chapter and welcome anyone looking for weight-loss support to start or continue their weight-loss journey with us,” says Rebecca Dade, chapter leader.

Collectively, TOPS members lose about 300 tons each year. According to independent studies published in major medical journals, the TOPS program has been proven just as effective as more expensive commercial programs. Membership is affordable at just $32 per year in the U.S. and $36 per year in Canada, plus nominal chapter fees. For details, call Rebecca at 417/296-5614, visit or all TOPS headquarters at 1-800-932-8677.

TOPS INSTALLS OFFICERS – TOPS Chapter had instillation of new officers this week for the 2017-2018 term. Leader – Sheryl Ann Walker, Co-Leader – Linda Hall, Secretary – Jean Lovewell, Treasurer – Sue Christy, Weight Recorder Marilyn Dresch and Assistant Weight Recorder Carol Stubock.