TOPS® Quick Facts

A nonprofit weight-loss support group founded in 1948

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TOPS® (Take Off Pounds SensiblySM) is short for TOPS Club, Inc., the original weight-loss support organization. TOPS Club Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), noncommercial network of weight-loss support groups throughout the United States and Canada. TOPS offers tools and programs for healthy living, wellness and weight management, with exceptional group fellowship and recognition.

TOPS Quick Facts

Mission

The TOPS mission is to help and support our members as they take off and keep off pounds sensibly.

Membership

TOPS members (women, men and children) can be found in thousands of chapters across the United States and Canada. Annual dues are $32 in the U.S. and $46* CAD in Canada. Chapters may charge nominal fees to cover operating costs—usually $5 per month.

How It Works

Weekly meetings include private weigh-ins and professionally prepared informational chapter programs featuring current nutrition, fitness and wellness information. Programs provide positive reinforcement and motivation to adhere to healthy eating and exercise programs.

KOPS® (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly)

Goal weight is set in consultation with a member’s licensed healthcare professional. TOPS members at goal weight are called KOPS. These members maintain their goal weight by continuing to attend chapter meetings for accountability and support as they Keep Off Pounds SensiblySM. About 16,000 of our members are keeping their weight off, and many have been recognized with Century Awards for losing more than 100 pounds!

Publications

TOPS publishes Real Life: The Hands-on Pounds-off Guide, a 300-plus page lifestyle guide featuring practical information on nutrition, fitness, behavior changes and healthy living. Members receive TOPS News magazine, which features inspirational stories and health news. Wellness brochures and Healthy & Active magazine are available to healthcare professionals and others interested in healthy lifestyles.

Experts

TOPS has experts in the fields of medical research, nutrition, fitness, and psychology. Since 1966, TOPS has funded obesity and metabolic research at the Medical College of Wisconsin, providing more than $9 million from earnings and members to date. TOPS also partners with Wake Forest University to study genetic factors related to obesity through the TOPS Genome Registry.

Fabulous Figures

In 2018, TOPS members collectively lost nearly 250 TONS! Find out how much weight TOPS Chapters lost by state (PDF) and province (PDF).

Operations

Founded in 1948, TOPS is administered by a ten-member Board of Directors. Nearly 500 Field Staff assist volunteer chapter Leaders to help and support our members.

Contact TOPS Headquarters

4575 South Fifth Street, PO Box 070360, Milwaukee, WI 53207
800-932-8677 or 414-482-4620

Find a Meeting to locate a chapter near you!

* Canadian dues are based on $36 USD and adjusted annually to reflect exchange rates.