Sheryl turned the meeting over to Marilyn who had the program today.

Marilyn spoke on the dangers of leading a sedentary life style. There have been lots of studies on the effects of a sedentary life style. We are all sitting too much using our electronic devices and watching TV. Being sedentary is the 3rd leading cause of premature death right up there with heart disease and cancer. Studies show sitting too much can cause heart disease and cancer as well. Make it a point to get up out of your chair and walk around even if it is only for a few minutes. Our bodies are made to walk and stand.

Thank you, Marilyn, for bringing this to our attention. We all need to move more.

TOPS Chapter 9319 El Dorado Springs met in the United Methodist Church, 201 E Broadway, on Thursday morning Dec. 27, for their weekly weigh-in and meeting.

Leader Sheryl Ann called our meeting to order and Kay and Carol led us in singing “TOPS New Year’s Song” We said our TOPS and KOPS pledges.

Marilyn led us in a series of exercises.

Marilyn presented Mary with a few awards. Mary was the best loser for the month of November. She did not win any money as she lost 4 lbs. for the month (to win the pot you must have lost at least 5 lbs.). Mary received a certificate and charm for her 30 lb. loss, and a certificate for back in black with perfect attendance for November.

Sheryl led us in roll call, 21 weighed in today and the chapter had a net gain of 15 lbs.

We welcomed a new member, Terriesha.

The week’s best loser was Sandi with a loss of 3.2 lbs.

Marble game: LJ won the right to draw for a marble but did not draw the winning one.

We sang Happy Anniversary to Kay; she and Ron will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on of Dec. 31.

Marilyn will celebrate seven years as a KOPS on Dec. 29.

Mary reported the contest will end after weigh in next week. All names will be put in a jar and a drawing will be held next week.

Don’t forget next week double fines. Also, last chance to get your name in the drawing for the contest. If you lose you get to put it in three times.

With no other business meeting was adjourned with our motto “IF IT IS TO BE IT IS UP TO ME”.

TOPS #MO 9319 meets each Thursday Morning in the Methodist Church at 201 E Broadway, El Dorado Springs. Weigh-in starts at 7:45 a.m. the meeting begins at 8:45 a.m. and is over by 10 a.m.

Are you ready to stop dieting and start making real changes? TOPS can help you reach your weight-loss goals by providing you with the tools, information, support, and accountability you need to be successful. After all, this has been a winning formula for TOPS members just like you for 70 years. We welcome women and men of all ages and couples are encouraged to join. We currently have two couples in our group who have found it fun and encouraging. We encourage healthy eating and offer support through our chapter and the National Chapter of TOPS. We have a lot of fun in our weight loss journey and make lifelong friendships. First visit is free with no obligation.

For more information call Sheryl Walker at 417/876- 5699 or Linda Hall at 417/876-6467. Or TOPS toll-free number 1 800-932-8677 or you can find us on the web at

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