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TOPS Club

TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a nonprofit network of weight-loss support groups. TOPS says it offers tools for healthy living and weight management. More than 125,000 TOPS members belong to thousands of chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada. Annual dues are $32 plus chapter fees to cover operating costs — $5 per month on average. Memberships include weekly meetings, private weigh-ins and programs featuring nutrition, fitness and wellness information.

To find a group near you, go to tops.org.

Local trails

Twin Falls is rich with trails for walking, running or biking.

For example, Rock Creek Park offers a 1.4-mile walk past playground equipment, a disc golf course and picnic pavilions. Rock Creek Park is 1/4 mile west of County West; look for the park entrance sign on the north side of U.S. 30.

Centennial Trail is about 1.5 miles long, starting at Shoshone Falls Park, climbing the Snake River Canyon wall and heading west along the rim to Evel Knievel’s jump site.

The College of Southern Idaho Fitness Trail is 2 miles long and features trees, shrubs and a disc golf course. The path also has fitness stations offering exercises for beginners through advanced levels.

St. Luke’s Diabetes Prevention Program

This program at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center is designed for anyone who has or is at risk for type 2 diabetes. The class teaches healthy living strategies for adults with prediabetes, insulin resistance, borderline diabetes or type 2 diabetes. Classes are 5-6 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month. Registration is required.

For information or to register, call 208-814-7271.

Diabetes Prevention Program

If you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes, it’s not too late to do something about it. Diabetes Prevention Programs in Gooding and Shoshone meet once a week for 16 weeks, then once a month for eight months, to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. All classes are led by a trained lifestyle coach. Participants learn about and practice healthy eating and physical activity habits to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

For information, call North Canyon Medical Center at 208-934-9886 or Shoshone Family Medical Center at 208-886-2224.

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Bariatric Support Group

Whether you’ve had weight loss surgery or are thinking about it, this monthly support group helps people at every stage of their surgery journey. The meetings are facilitated by licensed bariatric health care professionals.

Examples of support group topics: “Exercise Fun in the Sun” and “Medical Health after Surgery.” A quarterly clothing exchange for those who have lost weight keeps you from having to buy a whole new wardrobe repeatedly while your weight drops. There is also an annual Christmas party.

The group meets 7-8 p.m. one Monday each month (Sept. 11, Oct. 2 and Nov. 6 are the next dates) in the Oak 1 room at St. Luke’s Magic Valley; registration is not required.

For information, call 208-381-3641.

—Tetona Dunlap

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