Local leaders installed at TOPS

An installation service was held in July to install Ginny Fellows, of Merrimack, as the newly elected leader of TOPS Chapter NH 0131 in Nashua.

Sally Sanborn, of Merrimack, chapter leader for the last four years, organized a beautiful installation service for the new chapter leader and other elected board members.

Other board members installed were Joyce Plamondon, of Hudson, co-leader; Nancy Allen, of Nashua, secretary; Pat Burant, of Hollis, treasurer; Alline Gerow, of Nashua, weight recorder; and Claire Kelly, of Hollis, assistant weight recorder.

TOPS area captain Susan Achielles, of Concord, led the installation service and the recognition of TOPS member achievements. Achielles serves 16 chapters in Cheshire, Hillsborough, Sullivan, Merrimack and Rockingham counties.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly is headquartered in Milwaukee. Local TOPS chapters are led by volunteers elected by their peers. TOPS members work to achieve a goal weight set in consultation with a member’s health care professional.

Weekly meetings begin with a private weigh-in for each member, which is followed by "Roll Call," an opportunity for members to share challenges, successes or goals. The meetings help members learn to eat better, move more and stay motivated through engaging educational programs presented each week.

A key element that sets TOPS apart is the recognition and celebrating of member successes in losing weight or maintaining their weight goals. Recognition includes games, contests and awards at the local chapter level or through recognition at regional and international levels.

TOPS Chapter NH 0131 meets at 9:30 a.m. Fridays at 555 Broad St., Nashua.