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Rio Grande Woman Achieves TOPS® Recognition; International weight loss organization announces top ‘losers’ for 2021

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Rio Grande’s Crystal Purfield lost 57 pounds and was recently crowned TOPS New Jersey Queen 2021. (Photo Provided)

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TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds SensiblySM), the nonprofit weight loss support organization, has begun unveiling its best 2021 “royalty” for 2022.

TOPS® royalty are women and men who, at the end of the year, have officially recorded the greatest weight loss since their starting weight, regardless of how long it took to reach their goal.

The organization offers an individual approach to weight loss and general well-being. Consistent group support, health education, and recognition are all key to successful weight management.


New Jersey has an adult obesity rate of 27.7%. In 2021, TOPS members in New Jersey lost a cumulative 1,074 pounds.

Crystal Purfield – Queen of New Jersey TOPS 2021

Crystal Purfield of Rio Grande lost 57 pounds and is New Jersey’s 2021 queen.

She was honored April 23 at the New Jersey Recognition Event at Cherry Hill.

Crystal shares her story:

My experience with weight has never been easy.

Whether it’s battling the daily challenges of being classified as severely underweight or losing the war between food indulgence and the medical issues that come with being labeled as obese, I’ve always faced to adversity with my body.

Regardless of the negativity that surrounded me from the community, I always continued to be diligent in my journey. It hasn’t been easy and I’ve often encountered obstacles, but I’m still working hard to maintain my weight.

I am now happy with who I am and remain confident in my appearance no matter what others may say.

“Through their participation in TOPS, we are extremely proud of the weight loss accomplishments of our TOPS® Members,” said TOPS President Rick Danforth, who has maintained a 100-pound weight loss for more than 15 years old. “Celebrating the life-changing accomplishments of not only these people, but also those who came before them, is a hallmark of TOPS’ winning formula. By maintaining a commitment to personal lifestyle changes, TOPS members receive the tools and support needed to achieve their weight loss goals.

Weekly meetings are the heart of TOPS support, whether they take place in person or online.

In-person meetings begin with an optional weigh-in, with members then sharing challenges, successes, or goals, followed by a brief program covering a variety of health and wellness topics, and can end with awards and recognition for the week.

Visitors can attend their first in-person TOPS meeting for free and are encouraged to try more than one chapter, as they are all a little different.

For online membership, virtual meetings are conducted via Zoom and are offered at least three times a week.

The meeting begins with the disclosure of members’ challenges, successes or goals.

Then the online host presents a prepared program and sometimes includes guest speakers who share their expert insights on fitness, nutrition, and more. The meetings conclude with action steps related to the program presented.

Membership is affordable, starting at $49 per year in the United States and $59 per year in Canada, plus nominal monthly chapter fees.

To learn more about membership options or to find a local, visit TOPS Website or call 800-932-8677.

About TOPS®

TOPS Club Inc. (Gain Weight the Sensible Way) is the original weight loss support and wellness education organization.

Founded in 1948, TOPS is the only nonprofit, noncommercial weight loss organization of its kind. TOPS promotes successful weight management with a “Real People.” The Real Weight Loss.® philosophy which combines support from others at weekly chapter meetings, healthy eating, regular exercise and wellness information.

TOPS has tens of thousands of members – men and women, ages seven and up – in its network of thousands of weight loss support chapters across the United States and Canada.