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TOPS weight loss support group

Jan. 28: Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. In case of inclement weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Springs schools are closed. Call Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #4


Winter Family Fun Day at HCNC

Feb. 1: Be a proud Michigander get out and enjoy winter. Here is your chance to come out and play in the snow with us. Children’s games, free snowshoe walk with your family, snowman or snow animal building contest, hula hoop contest, bubble blowing (if temp is below 32), make a snow glove, use our water filled bottles of color to create snow art in our open prairie. Then warm up with a bowl of chili or some s’mores around the campfire at Camp Lily’s location. Saturday, February 1 from12 noon to 3 pm. Donation of $6/person or $15 family. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #4


Springs Soccer Registration

Feb. 4&6: Springs 2014 Soccer Registration for American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) is Tuesday, February 4 and Thursday, February 6 at Burger King Restaurant, 4065 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs from 6 – 8 pm. Fee for the Spring Session is $60 per child with a $5 discount per child for families registering 3 or more players. Players must be at least 4 years of age by March 24, 2014. First time players – please bring Birth Certificate for age verification. Please complete online application at www.eayso.org – print two copies and take advantage of our Express Lane! These will be the final registration dates for the Spring Season. Please tell you friends and neighbors. If you have questions please contact us through the link on our website: www.ayso902.org. #4-6p


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TOPS honors members for accomplishments

TOPS Chapter 1229 Sand Lake honored some of their members for their accomplishments in losing the most weight in their divisions in 2012.

Division 1 Doug Allen; Division 2 Sandra Fisk; Division 3 Karen Heiss; Division 4 Barbara Lloyd-Trietch; and alternate is Tina Hansen. Martha Bobb was honored for reaching her goal to become a KOPS. The chapter honored Amber Allen for losing the most weight in 2012.

The chapter welcomes Tina Hansen to her new role as the secretary and Barbara Lloyd-Trietch as the co-leader and the contact for information if you are interested in visiting the chapter (616-696-8049). They have room for new members, men and women alike.


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Slimming seasonal staples for spring

HEA-Slimming-seasonal-staplWith spring finally upon us, you may be inclined to add some fresh foods into your diet. The season synonymous with change provides a variety of seasonal produce that can recharge your diet, as well as aid in your weight-loss efforts.
Incorporating specific springtime staples into your diet can help keep you fuller and more satisfied while improving your overall health. TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, offers the following tasteful recommendations that work overtime to help benefit your body.
• Sugar snap peas – One cup of these sweet veggies contains only 26 calories. Besides being loaded with flavor and crunch, they also are full of fiber and vitamin K.
• Ginger – According to researchers at Florida’s University of Miami, just a teaspoon of ginger can make you feel full twice as quickly. This is due to the gingerol and zingibain inside ginger that act as powerful appetite suppressants. Ginger is also a great anti-inflammatory.
• Green onions – Also known as spring onions, these have all the flavor of regular onions without the smell. Stanford University researchers have found the high amounts of sulfur in spring onions help your pancreas burn carbs for fuel before they are stored in your body as fat. Add these to recipes for a little flavor and color.
• Eggplant – Eggplant can be incorporated into many recipes as a low-calorie meat replacement or eaten on its own. Baked or grilled, eggplant is a great choice at just 20 calories per cup. Its low sugar content and muscle-strengthening high protein and potassium levels make it a powerhouse of taste and nutrition.
• Button mushrooms – According to UCLA research, the plant protein in button mushrooms slows down carbohydrate absorption in the intestines and helps your body soak up and burn sugars fast, aiding weight-loss efforts. The study has shown that eating one cup a day could accelerate your weight loss by 50 percent.
• Peppermint – Add this fresh and light herb into your diet as often as possible. Studies from Chicago’s Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation have shown that adding one tablespoon of fresh, chopped peppermint to a meal can cause you to feel full on 100 fewer calories. Plus, its lively flavor and smell are perfect for the season!
• Cucumber – A spring and summertime favorite, cucumbers are a guilt-free flavor booster to any salad or a great snack on their own. One cup of cucumber slices equals only 16 calories. They’re water-rich and high in fiber, so they work double to make you feel full and satisfied.
Founded more than 65 years ago, TOPS is the only nonprofit, noncommercial weight-loss organization of its kind. Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. To find a local chapter, view www.tops.org or call (800) 932-8677.

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TOPS member receives KOPS status

Congratulations to Martha Bobb, who lost 40 pounds and met her goal as a TOPS (Taking off pounds sensibly) member! Martha joined TOPS in 1985 and had many difficulties as she struggled to lose weight. One day, as she met the scales, her weight was at an all-time high. Shocked at what she saw, she knew it was time to take charge of her life and get busy doing what needed to be done.

Wanting a healthier path, Martha listened to the TOPS recommendations about food choices, started to  exercise, and with the help of her chapter, she took charge of her health. Her doctor helped her find the best weight for her age and size. With a new mindset, she was determined to exercise twice a week and turn to her TOPS friends for support when needed. The weight dropped off slowly, but steadily. Her neighbor, who is also a TOPS member, was very helpful when she became discouraged. Working together paid off.

Martha celebrated her success at her chapter, TOPS 1229 Sand Lake. In May, she will be honored at state recognition days, when she receives KOPS (keep off pounds sensibly) status.

Anyone interested in visiting TOPS can call Martha at 696-1039. They meet on Tuesday mornings at 9:15 a.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Feel free to arrive early, have a cup of coffee, and visit with members.

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Losing with TOPS

Congratulations to the 2011 TOPS winners. What a great year!

Verta Giddings lost 18 lbs. to reach her goal and is our Chapter Royalty. She is the KOPS that lost the most weight to obtain goal. Bruce Hill also lost 8.25 lbs. to reach his goal and became a KOPS. Great work Verta & Bruce.

Division winners are: 

Division 1 first place with a loss of 32 lbs. was Tina Hansen.

Divison 3 first place with a loss of 14 lbs. was Barbara Lloyd-Trietch and Linda Sprik.

Division 3 second place with a loss of 13.50 lbs. was Leona Kroes-Benson.

Division 4 first place with a loss of 13.75 lbs. was Barb Smith.

Division 4 second place with a loss of 13.00 lbs. was Pat Fisk.

Tina Hansen holds the honor of being the top loser of the year with her loss of 32 pounds.

Bea Marvin and JoAnn DeKlyen received their 5 year KOPS pin and Donna Ripley received a 4 year KOPS pin. Debra Hill received a 2 year KOPS pin and a 1 year KOPS pin was given to Rhonda Hill and Ruth DeYoung. The KOPS pin represents the number of years one has maintained their goal weight.

TOPS also has 2 members Alice Powell and Yvonne Hendricks who have been members in TOPS MI 1229 Sand Lake since the 1970s. All members honored received a corsage, certificate, pins and money for their accomplishments.

TOPS MI 1229 Sand Lake is please to have several men in their chapter. They extend an open invitation for all men and women to join TOPS. This could be your year!

TOPS meet at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake on Tuesday mornings. Weigh in is from 8:15 to 9:00 a.m. with a 45 minute meeting following weigh in. TOPS has many interesting programs to teach how to eat right and be more healthy. Anyone wanting additional information please call Martha at 616-696-1039.

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Local woman crowned TOPS State Queen

Ruth DeYoung, of Cedar Springs, was crowned the TOPS State Queen at the 2011 State Recognition Day in Mt. Pleasant on May 21st.

by Martha Bobb

Congratulations to our new TOPS State Queen, Ruth DeYoung, of Cedar Springs. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a non-profit weight loss support group.

Ruth joined TOPS MI 1229 Sand Lake in 2002 weighing 294 pounds. It must have seemed almost impossible to her for the long journey ahead. She had many health issues to deal with. Two total knee replacements and the bones in her left foot fused, which required 13 screws with a long recovery time. One year later, it was necessary to do the same to her right foot using 11 screws. But she stuck to her main goal of losing weight, never dreaming of how far she would come. Becoming MI State Queen of TOPS International with a loss of 109 pounds was a great honor.

In 2007 she was honored as second place winner of Division 2 for the State of Michigan. Then in December of that same year she reached a loss of 100 pounds. In 2008 Ruth received the Century Award for maintaining that loss for 52 consecutive weeks.

“To reach your goal it’s important to remember calories in and calories out. Find yourself a friend, family member, or even a telephone buddy to share your journey. Mine became a family affair. My husband lost 100 pounds, and my daughter in Texas who belongs to TOPS lost 100 pounds. Another daughter lost 50 pounds and recently joined TOPS. You need to find a buddy and a plan that works for you,” Ruth shared.

Her weight loss came from exercising three times a week. She used equipment for weight training, walked the track and went to water aerobics and swam laps. On off days she used her stationary bike.

“Remember eating food is necessary, but also remember your portion size, carbohydrates, and fats. Get plenty of water and fiber. When you eat out ask for a box and put 1/2 of your order in a box to take home,” Ruth advises.

Early in July, Ruth will represent Michigan at the 2011 International Recognition Days in Milwaukee, WI.

We are so proud of you, Ruth. Your example is there to cheer us all on to reaching our goals.

If you’re interested in learning more about TOPS, join us at our meetings every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. The first meeting is free, and it starts at 9:15 a.m. Weigh-ins begin at 8:30 a.m. Call Martha at 696-1039 for more information.

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TOPS honors losers

A special program was held to honor two ladies who lost weight to their goal weight and so they are now KOPS (Keep off pounds sensibly)!

Rhonda Hill joined TOPS (Take off pounds sensibly) #1229 Sand Lake in August 2010.

She is our chapter photographer person and takes pictures of special events.

We also honored Ruth DeYoung. She joined in January 2002. She has held office as weight recorder and is currently chapter secretary.

Both members were given a certificate, a potted pine tree, a lighted rose, a bouquet of balloons, and a KOPS pin. Congratulations, Rhonda and Ruth!

We now have six KOPS!

Anyone interested in visiting us is welcome. The first meeting is free. Call Martha Bobb 696-1039. We meet Tuesday mornings at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Weigh-ins are 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. with a meeting following.

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TOPS helps decipher food marketing gimmicks

Supermarket shelves abound with “value-added” foods, offering innovative twists on traditional products. Cereals that make you lose weight, yogurt that eases digestion, and chocolate calcium chews that replace milk—the options can seem endless and overwhelming. The difficulty with value-added foods is that, much of the time, they actually aren’t all that valuable, according to TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization.

“You may find yourself purchasing foods that offer a very slight nutritional advantage that’s not worth the extra money or indulging in a perceived health benefit that has not proven to be effective,” says Katie Clark, M.P.H., R.D., C.D.E., Assistant Clinical Professor of Nutrition at the University of California – San Francisco and nutrition expert for TOPS.

Here are a few value-added food industry favorites and what they do or don’t do:

Juice with Added Fiber
While whole fruit is a great low-calorie source of fiber and nutrients, fruit juice packs in the calories and forgets the fiber in the discarded pulp. Fiber-enhanced fruit juice is essentially pulverized fruit with its fiber removed, with a different type of fiber added back in. One cup of orange juice with fiber can boast three grams of dietary fiber per 120 calorie serving. But one orange has four grams of fiber and only 70 calories – a lower-calorie, cheaper option with no processing needed.

Drinks with Vitamins
In 2008, the most popular diet soda in the U.S. released its “plus” product, a diet cola with a small amount of water-soluble vitamins added.

Other vitamin-enhanced drink and waters have taken off in recent years, although, according to Clark, “Many are merely overpriced, sugar-sweetened waters with a tad of vitamins thrown in for good measure. Despite the fact that you can get 100% of all the vitamins and minerals you need in a well-balanced diet, a generic multivitamin only costs about four cents a day. Why spend nearly $3 on a special vitamin drink when water is free and a more comprehensive multi-vitamin is substantially cheaper?”

Immunity-Boosting Foods
Lately, there has been a wealth of foods on the market touting “immune enhancing” or “pro-immunity” benefits – from yogurts to cereals, drinks, and even frozen vegetable blends. While there is ample data to support the notion that a diet with insufficient nutrients compromises immunity, the opposite does not hold true: eating more nutrient-laden foods has not been proven to increase immunity.

Clark notes, “By eating a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly, you are already maximizing your immune-enhancing behavior!”

Omega-3 fatty acids are found primarily in fish, fish oil, and, to a lesser degree, in flax and flaxseed oil, canola and soybean oils, and walnuts. Omega-3s have numerous heart-health benefits, including reducing cardiovascular disease risk, lowering blood triglycerides, and lowering blood pressure. The American Heart Association recommends a daily intake of 1,000 mg of EPA + DHA (two types of omega-3 fatty acids) for people with documented heart disease, equivalent to eating two to three servings of fish per week. Because many people don’t eat as much fish as they should, omega-3-fortified foods, like eggs and butter, can seem appealing.

“These foods contain such small amounts of the beneficial fatty acid that you’d have to ingest many portions per day to get the recommended amount,” cautions Clark. “You actually end up losing, calorically.”

The Nutrition Facts panel on one such enhanced omega-3 butter spread reveals it contains only 32 mg of EPA + DHA per each one tablespoon serving.

“If you were to get all of your recommended 1,000 mg EPA + DHA omega-3s from this butter, you would have to eat 31 tablespoons of butter per day (one entire tub), consuming 2,480 calories,” says Clark. “Incorporate more fish into your diet for an effective, comprehensive way to consume more omega-3s.”

TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the original, nonprofit weight-loss support and wellness education organization, was established more than 63 years ago to champion weight-loss support and success. Founded and headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, TOPS promotes successful, affordable weight management with a philosophy that combines 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 United States and Canada.

Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. To find a local chapter, visit http://www.tops.org/FindAMeeting.aspx or call (800) 932-8677.

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