What Happens at a Meeting?

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Weekly meetings are the heart of TOPS support. There are two types of meetings: online and in-person. Read on to learn more!

In-Person Meetings

You're welcome to attend your first meeting at any chapter location free of charge—bring a friend if you like. There's no obligation.  Each chapter is a little different, so feel free to try more than one. Here are some tips for choosing the right chapter for you or starting your own chapter.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Meetings usually last an hour or so.
  • Each member has a private weigh-in before the meeting. (That's the first time you'll see listed.)
  • Meeting starts with members sharing challenges, successes, or goals (if they want).
  • There’s a brief program. TOPS gives each chapter engaging, professionally prepared programs covering a variety of health and wellness topics.
  • Awards go to weekly or monthly best losers, contest winners, and members who’ve reached goal!
  • When needed, there’s a quick business meeting before the closing.
  • Meeting closes with a thought for the week or other inspirational activity.

Meeting Times

Meeting times of local chapters can vary. Go to find a meeting for times and locations of local chapter meetings near you.

Online Meetings

If face-to-face meetings aren't your style, or if you can’t find a meeting that fits your schedule, you can go to meetings online! Online meetings are held on the Zoom platform and facilitated by our Online Coordinator. You do not need a Zoom account to participate.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Live Zoom meetings are available five times weekly, currently on Monday and Thursday evenings and Tuesday and Wednesday midday and Saturday at midday, and are subject to change based on member needs.
  • Online facilitators present the same program at all weekly sessions.
  • Members discuss current topic and share ups and downs and tips.
  • Occasionally, featured guest speakers join the group to share their expert views on fitness, nutrition and more.
  • Can't make a meeting? You can still view the last two weeks of meetings in the Members Area of the website. (For member privacy, the sharing portion of the meeting is not recorded - only the program portion.)
  • Catch up with other Online Members between meetings in the private Facebook group.

Online Chapter Meeting Schedule

(Last updated Aug 31, 2022)

Online members can join Zoom Chapter meetings up to three times weekly. Members can choose whether or not to share their video.

  • Monday evenings: 8:00 p.m. Central
  • Tuesday midday: 1:00 p.m. Central
  • Wednesday morning: 11:00 a.m. Central
  • Thursday evenings: 6:30 p.m. Central
  • Saturday morning: 11:00 a.m. Central
  • All meetings are listed in Central time. Please use www.timeanddate.com to check the times in your area.
  • The Program portion of recent Online Chapter meetings can be found in our Video Library for all members. For privacy, Check In and Discussion are not recorded.

Learn More About In-Person vs. Online Membership

Learn the difference between our two types of memberships: In-Person Membership and Online Membership. Choose the option that's right for you. The similarities and differences can be found on our TOPS Weight-Loss Support Membership Benefits page.

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