(Beaver Dam) Area residents have the opportunity to join a local support group to help them lose weight. TOPS, which stands for Take Off Pounds Sensibly, started as a non-profit in the Milwaukee area and has grown to include over 120,000 members in the U.S. and Canada. The Beaver Dam chapter has been operating for the past 55 years. Member Cathy Kastenmeir says the group does not dictate a diet plan and that each individual can decide for themselves which plan works best. She says the group is there for support and accountability. The cost is $32 dollars a year to join and includes a subscription to a TOPS magazine that is released every two months. Kastenmeir says several years ago the group started an online chapter for their program. She says being a part of TOPS helps people stay dedicated to losing weight. Kastenmeir says they run several different contests to engage members into losing weight. The group meets every Monday at the Dycora Care Center in Beaver Dam. Weigh-ins start at 5:30pm and the meeting begins at 6pm and runs through 6:45pm. Kastenmeir says there are chapters in Waupun, Mayville, and Theresa. Those interested in learning more can visit TOPS.org or call Kastenmeir at 920-210-6240.