TOPS Club Workplace Wellness

TOPS Club Workplace Wellness



welcome to 21st century health I'm Jackie bales with growing concern over rising obesity rates and health care costs many Americans are seeking wellness and weight loss programs well not all of these programs are created equal and many fall short of providing the results they advertise today's guests join us from their nonprofit organization tops club to discuss this important topic I want to welcome tops wellness manager Maggie Thorson and Topsfield representative Rick Danforth welcome to you both thank you thank you Maggie why do so many people struggle with weight loss well weight loss is a very complex issue and there are a number of different factors at play including environment genetics age and overall health really just to name a few but I think that many people struggle because they're looking for that short term solution or quick fix if you will for a long term problem we hear from tops members on a regular basis that they've tried just about every diet program out there and when they discover our program tops they realize that it's not about dieting at all it's about building a healthier lifestyle hmm makes sense so Rick tell us about the tops club itself how do you help individuals overcome these struggles that Maggie is sharing with us well Jackie we help the individuals by offering support and I know that sounds kind of simple but when we talk to new members coming in and say what sets us apart from all the other programs they tried is that we offer support and when they reflect upon that they realized that's what was lacking before so by setting up a support system that's with them every step of the way on their journey to a successful weight loss we are allowed to we will kind of help them along with changing their habits making them move more dealing with the everyday stresses of life and once they get to that healthy lifestyle that they've been working so hard to achieve we don't go away we're there to help them maintain that that weight loss hmm well in this 21st century health field report we go on location with tops club to see their wellness and weight management programs in action in addition to higher health care costs the rising rate of obesity can adversely affect employees through fatigue poor nutrition inactivity and high levels of stress tops provides a program that teaches lasting strategies for eating better and moving more the participants can adapt to improve their personal health and professional productivity the fact that that's a real lifestyle change or at least they focus on a lifestyle change as opposed to a lot of other weight loss groups or programs or diets you know if you're gonna use the word diet it's more of a regimen than a lifestyle change tops is different from the other weight loss programs in that they're not asking you to starve we're eating grill food we're not keeping the lights on it's not big business we know who our people are and we care about our people and it actually works I like the convenience of working at a time sport place chapter 4 the flexibility otherwise I would not be able to attend because of my hectic schedule I can't go home and then come back out again it saves on time gas and money for me my peers at work they give me my coworkers they give me courage and determination to be able to stick to the diet to learn about calories and carbs and I'm able to have fun at my weekly chapter meetings and it gives me a determination to keep going and take one pound at a time so Rick how does the tops program really work well Jack you how it really works is that there's a network of chapters across the United States in Canada and each chapter has a weekly meeting that is facilitated with a member that is chosen from the group during that time frame there's a weigh-in period and a chance to have some tops business may be announced future meetings and may be guest speakers coming in but then the meeting quickly pivots to a discussion a program if you will and all this information is supplied by tops headquarters so you're not left alone you can you will have many talking points to keep the group going and what happens during this process is that you have the weigh-in for the accountability that keeps people on track and also the discussion where happens goes whether you deal with their struggles what happened what went well that week and bottom line it kind of turns into an after-action review where the person will say that work this week I'm gonna use it next week and build on it and after a while they've got their own plan to their home weight loss hmm sounds really great Maggie how is tops different from other weight loss programs well top stands apart from other weight loss programs and really a number of different ways we are a non-profit non-commercial organization so we don't accept any outside advertising we don't sell foods or pills or potions or anything like that and we don't have celebrity endorsements we do have real people experiencing real weight loss success and living and sharing that message every single day tops is truly committed to helping our members build a healthy life through education peer support and recognition and we've remained true to that since 1948 we are the original weight loss organization and we've also donated over eight and a half million dollars to obesity research so that's something that sets us apart as well so Rick how can people know that Topps produces results well there's a singing out out there Jacqui that you need to get what you pay for and there's a mindset where people think they've got to pay a lot of money to get a expensive program and that's not true in tops hmm now Rick I understand you yourself have had personal success with tops tell us about it yes I struggled with obesity all my life and I was one of the individuals we referred to as trying like every other program out there I I joined tops January 2nd 2002 and I weighed in at 321 pounds yes and just recently happy to say that I celebrated my 10th anniversary of keeping off a hundred pounds and every time I get a chance to tell this story I just have to say I couldn't have done it and I know it sounds couldn't have done it without the support through tops thanks to both of you for sharing your exciting wellness and weight management programs with us tops is really interesting well thanks so much for having us thanks for your support Jackie for 21st century help I'm Jackie bales thanks for watching you

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