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The TOPS Story As a nonprofit, noncommercial wellness organization, TOPS has helped millions to Take Off Pounds Sensibly since 1948. Here's how we did it, with small steps leading to big achievements. TOPS boasts its first KOPS (a member who has reached weight goal and can Keep Off Pounds Sensibly). 1955 TOPS goes international with the first Canadian chapter. 1966 The TOPS Center for Obesity and Metabolic Research is dedicated at The Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. To date, TOPS has donated more than $8.5 million for obesity research. E sther Manz turns down a $1 million offer to "buy" TOPS, vowing to forever put people before profits. 1976 TOPS contributes $250,000 ($1.8 million in today's dollars) to begin the Obesity and Metabolic Research Program. 1994 LIFE magazine features Esther Manz. The year ends with members in every state—6,000 members total! The first retreat for TOPS members takes place on Catalina Island, California. before photo submitted by member Esther Manz and three homemakers start TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). 1953 2010 An independent study published in the journal Obesity followed 42,500 members over three years and found TOPS works as well as commercial weight-loss programs—but costs less. 2013 A TOPS member loses 300 lb.—a first! 62 HEALTHY & ACTIVE 2014 after photo courtesy of frozen motion for TOPS Club, Inc. 1951 TOPS and the Medical College of Wisconsin announce the discovery of two new genes that may influence obesity. Credit tops archives unless otherwise indicated 1948

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