REGIONAL: Mount Gilead woman loses big with TOPS

TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, has begun unveiling its top “royalty” from 2020 for 2021.

TOPS royalty are women and men who, at the end of the year, have officially recorded the largest weight loss from their starting weight, regardless of the time taken to reach their goal. Geraldine Yates of Mount Gilead, who lost 71 pounds, is the North Carolina 2020 Queen.

TOPS offers an individual approach to weight loss and overall wellness. Consistent group support, health education, and recognition are all key components to successful weight management.

“Despite the pandemic, with assistance from TOPS support, the 2020 royalty, and many others prior, have exhibited that achieving a personal transformation is still doable through small, sustainable lifestyle modifications,” said TOPS President Rick Danforth. “Having sustained a 100-pound weight loss for over 15 years, I personally understand the commitment these folks have demonstrated.”

Yates participated in the TOPS International Recognition Days virtual conference, which took place July 23-24.

“Commemorating these life-changing accomplishments is an integral element of TOPS’ winning formula, particularly after a most challenging year,” Danforth said.