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TOPS “Losers” Are Treated Like Royalty PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kimberly Greene   
Monday, 11 July 2011 14:09

International Royalty and Runners-Up Lose Combined Total of More than 850 Pounds!

MILWAUKEE, WI – Recognition is an important element of any journey to overall wellness – but a little friendly competition can make it more fun along the way.  Members of TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, were recently celebrated for their weight-loss efforts at its annual three-day event, International Recognition Days (IRD).  This year’s event took place July 7 through July 9 in Milwaukee, Wis., the city where TOPS was founded more than 63 years ago and is currently headquartered.  The festivity honored TOPS award winners who, with determination, perseverance, and support from fellow members, achieved the greatest weight loss in their category in 2010.

Dione Housden of Portland, Ore., was crowned 2010 International Queen with an incredible total weight loss of 228.5 pounds.  Tom Carano of Wakefield, Mass., 2010 International King, lost an equally impressive total of 230 pounds.  Royalty are those individuals who, at the end of the year, have officially recorded the largest weight loss from their original, starting weight to goal weight, regardless of the time taken to reach goal.

“I hadn’t been to a doctor in many, many years and finally decided that it was time one day in 2007,” says Housden.  “I affectionately call that doctor’s visit ‘the day I found out I was dying.’  No, not literally, but yes, I was killing myself.  I knew something had to be done.  I went to a diabetes class, saw a nutritionist, and joined TOPS.  I kept a food journal, weighing and measuring everything that I ate.  I was being thrown a life jacket – I just had to grab hold.  Eating right, exercising, and drinking plenty of water has become a part of my life now.  Do I ever let go of my life preserver?  Yes, sometimes I loosen my grip, but then I just grab it and hold tight again, because this time I know it means my life. Without the accountability and support of my TOPS chapter, I wouldn’t be standing here today.”

Carano notes, “At close to 500 pounds, it was an exhausting, possibly stroke-inducing chore just to reach my ankles to put my socks on.  My doctor recommended weight-loss surgery, and as I reviewed information about the process, all of it stressed that healthy foods and physical activity would be needed to maintain a successful surgery.  At that point, I made the decision for an honest attempt to eat healthy and get active instead of getting the procedure.  I joined a water aerobics class and met a gentleman who told me about TOPS and his 60-pound weight loss.  When I walked into my first TOPS meeting, I was welcomed with encouragement and hope.  Being a member has given me a feeling of belonging, a sense of being part of something – which I had never known or felt previously.  I truly feel wind in my sails and that the anchor has been lifted.  TOPS has given me the faith to move a mountain.  Today I can climb them!”

“It was a joy to celebrate our members’ weight-loss successes at this year’s IRD, particularly here in Milwaukee, where our organization was founded,” says TOPS president Barbara Cady.  “Esther Manz, TOPS’ founder and first president, believed in the power of mutual support on the journey to better health and that anyone who succeeded in losing weight deserved the royal treatment.  TOPS’ weight-loss ‘losers’ are truly winners in our eyes.”

International Royalty and Runners-up include:
• International Queen:  Dione Housden; Portland, Ore.; 228.5 lbs.
• International King:  Tom Carano; Wakefield, Mass.; 230 lbs.
• International Queen Runner-up:  Sandra Burnison; Hamilton, Ontario; 190 lbs.
• International King Runner-up:  Lee Hibbard; Ovid, Mich.; 202 lbs.

International Division Winners are members who lost the most weight of all TOPS members in their weight division during 2010:
• Division 1, First Place, Female:  Anne Stinebrickner; Utica, N.Y.; 161 lbs.
• Division 1, First Place, Male:  Kevin Carter; Botwood, Newfoundland; 126.5 lbs.
• Division 1, Second Place, Female:  Julie Vanden Berg; Zeeland, Mich.; 154.75 lbs.
• Division 1, Second Place, Male:  Brian Collins; Eugene, Ore.; 116 lbs.
• Division 2, First Place, Female:  Valerie Wood; St. Albert, Alberta; 109.5 lbs.
• Division 2, First Place, Male:  John Gill; Russellville, Ky.; 102 lbs.
• Division 2, Second Place, Female:  Shirley Pelz; Clearwater, Kan.; 105.75 lbs.
• Division 2, Second Place, Male:  Clifford Harris; Port Orange, Fla.; 98.25 lbs.
• Division 3, First Place, Male:  Don Whiting; Kanata, Ontario; 77.5 lbs.
• Division 3, Second Place, Female:  Shari Farrell; Hamilton, Ontario; 88 lbs.
• Division 3, Second Place, Male:  Anson Myers; Carlisle, Pa.; 68.5 lbs.
• Division 4, First Place, Female:  Barbara Harness; Monroe, Mich.; 65.25 lbs.
• Division 4, Second Place, Female:  Linda Crow; Valles Mines, Mo.; 62 lbs.
• Division 4, Second Place, Male:  Jack Tenney, Jr.; Fulton, Mo.; 48 lbs.
• Division 6 (teens), First Place, Female:  Heather Perry; Ledyard, Conn.; 45.5 lbs.
• Division 6 (teens), First Place, Male:  James Morrison; Redkey, Ind.; 41.75 lbs.
• Division 6 (teens), Second Place, Female:  Corrina Chrisman; Wayland, Mich.; 40.75 lbs.
• Division 6 (teens), Second Place, Male:  Jordan Ulicki; Fort Dodge, Iowa; 39 lbs.
• Division 7, First Place, Female:  Sharlean McKee; Lakeview, Ore.; 116 lbs.
• Division 7, First Place, Male:  Ron Olson; Meridian, Idaho; 106.5 lbs.
• Division 7, Second Place, Female:  Karla DeGreenia; Sutton, Vt.; 112.5 lbs.
• Division 8 (preteens), First Place, Female:  Mary Carson; Cincinnati, Ohio; 11.75 lbs.
• Division 8 (preteens), First Place, Male:  Grant Whitfield; Altoona, Pa.; 13.5 lbs.
• Division 9, First Place, Female:  Donna Steiner; Greenville, N.C.; 153.25 lbs.
• Division 9, First Place, Male:  Peter Copley; Midland, Ontario; 162 lbs.
• Division 9, Second Place, Female:  Darcelle Numainville; Cochrane, Ontario; 152.5 lbs.
• Division 9, Second Place, Male:  Anthony Spilker; Grandview, Mo.; 155.5 lbs.

State Royalty includes:
• Alabama Queen:  Linda Gaylor; Attalla; 66 lbs.
• Alabama King:  Dale Hutchens; Huntsville; 78 lbs.
• Alaska Queen:  Kathleen Daymude; Anchorage; 94.5 lbs.
• Alaska King:  Roger Duncan; Kasilof; 66.5 lbs.
• Arizona Queen:  Teena Conrad; Salome; 135.75 lbs.
• Arizona King:  Walter Richardson; Phoenix; 61.75 lbs.
• Arkansas Queen:  Karen Fritchie; Scranton; 118 lbs.
• Arkansas King:  Frank Lieblang; Atkins; 21.75 lbs.
• California Queen:  Diane Cannon; Napa; 97.75 lbs.
• California King:  Fred Dougherty; La Puente; 55 lbs.
• Colorado Queen:  Diane Bonnell; Arvada; 70.25 lbs.
• Colorado King:  Dannie Thompson; Colorado Springs; 34 lbs.
• Connecticut Queen:  Victoria Kolyvas; Madison; 127 lbs.
• Connecticut King:  Peter Kaplenski; Bristol; 37.75 lbs.
• District of Columbia Queen:  Margaret Haggerty; 15.5 lbs.
• Delaware Queen:  Cornelia Mitchell; Felton; 65.5 lbs.
• Florida Queen:  Jackie Christen; Iron River; 105.25 lbs.
• Florida King:  Clifford Harris; Port Orange; 97.75 lbs.
• Georgia Queen:  Sadie Bostick; Covington; 88 lbs.
• Georgia King:  Philip Baker; Warner Robins; 63 lbs.
• Hawaii Queen:  Carol Wendel; Kula; 52.25 lbs.
• Idaho Queen:  Carol Applegate; Middleton; 73.5 lbs.
• Illinois Queen:  Catherine Hays; White Heath; 119.75 lbs.
• Illinois King:  Daniel McGinty; Port Byron; 124 lbs.
• Indiana Queen:  Lori Bauch; Fort Wayne; 159 lbs.
• Iowa Queen:  Corine Webb; Runnells; 76 lbs.
• Kansas Queen:  April Bond; Wichita; 142 lbs.
• Kansas King:  William Cunningham; Olathe; 48.5 lbs.
• Kentucky Queen:  Tina Moore; Mayfield; 76.25 lbs.
• Kentucky King:  John Gill; Russellville; 99.25 lbs.
• Louisiana Queen:  Joleen Melancon; Golden Meadow; 126.25 lbs.
• Maine Queen:  Cel Paquette; Chelsea; 129.5 lbs.
• Maine King:  Richard Gile; Wales; 41 lbs.
• Maryland Queen:  Rosalind Morrow; Annapolis; 106.75 lbs.
• Maryland King:  Herbert Walker; Frederick; 44 lbs.
• Massachusetts Queen:  Anna Corbett; Peru; 143 lbs.
• Massachusetts King:  Tom Carano; Wakefield; 230 lbs.
• Michigan Queen:  Ruth DeYoung; Cedar Springs; 109 lbs.
• Michigan King:  Lee Hibbard; Ovid; 202 lbs.
• Minnesota Queen:  Gloria Goble; Stillwater; 103.5 lbs.
• Minnesota King:  Jason Heilman; Albert Lea; 18.25 lbs.
• Mississippi Queen:  Jane Kay Pool; Laurel; 57 lbs.
• Mississippi King:  Roger Redfern; Brandon; 28.5 lbs.
• Missouri Queen:  Theresa Roe; Barnhart; 126 lbs.
• Missouri King:  Joshua Hamilton; Independence; 83 lbs.
• Montana Queen:  Leslie Berkey; Seeley Lake; 77 lbs.
• Montana King:  Larry Bonefeole; Clinton; 28.5 lbs.
• Nebraska Queen:  Betty Svanda; Ravenna; 64.5 lbs.
• Nevada Queen:  Nola Reid; Mesquite; 52 lbs.
• Nevada King:  Frank Bybee; Las Vegas; 42 lbs.
• New Hampshire Queen:  Virginia Fairbanks; Windham; 85.5 lbs.
• New Hampshire King:  Mark Papantones; Manchester; 89 lbs.
• New Jersey Queen:  Nancy Duvall; Cape May; 24.25 lbs.
• New Jersey King:  Robert McLaughlin; Cape May Court House; 62.75 lbs.
• New Mexico Queen:  Joyce Wall; Deming; 79.75 lbs.
• New York Queen:  Jaclyn House; Rochester; 128 lbs.
• New York King:  Joshua Maryniewski; Lancaster; 152.25 lbs.
• North Carolina Queen:  Polly Lincoln; Winston Salem; 114.5 lbs.
• North Carolina King:  Charles Seighman; Albemarle; 30.5 lbs.
• North Dakota Queen:  Jamie Olson; East Grand Forks; 76.5 lbs.
• Ohio Queen:  Janice Ommert; Clyde; 102.5 lbs.
• Ohio King:  Morgan Davies; Bluffton; 65 lbs.
• Oklahoma Queen:  Bonnie Peebles; Sapulpa; 88.25 lbs.
• Oklahoma King:  Robert Kuntz; Rush Springs; 30 lbs.
• Oregon Queen:  Dione Housden; Portland; 228.5 lbs.
• Oregon King:  Wayne Elven; Hillsboro; 75.75 lbs.
• Pennsylvania Queen:  Eleanor Bird; Walnutport; 112 lbs.
• Pennsylvania King:  James Kneubehl; Conneautville; 92.5 lbs.
• Rhode Island Queen:  Lisa Scott; Westerly; 87.5 lbs.
• Rhode Island King:  Bruno Kurowski; Manville; 31 lbs.
• South Carolina Queen:  Patricia Volcke; Elgin; 86 lbs.
• South Carolina King:  Stanley Kemp; Rock Hill; 50.5 lbs.
• South Dakota Queen:  Marilynn Sour; Watertown; 77 lbs.
• Tennessee Queen:  Kristy Griner; Hendersonville; 100.25 lbs.
• Tennessee King:  Harold Griffin; Cleveland; 36.25 lbs.
• Texas Queen:  Karen Norrod; Jarrell; 100 lbs.
• Texas King:  Billy Bodine; Cleveland; 63.5 lbs.
• Utah Queen:  Lisa Edens; Providence; 126 lbs.
• Vermont Queen:  Rose Nunn; West Danville; 32.75 lbs.
• Virginia Queen:  Caroline Nicholson; Strasburg; 59 lbs.
• Virginia King:  John Walton; Roanoke; 48 lbs.
• Washington Queen:  Penny Carson; Kalama; 135.75 lbs.
• Washington King:  Brian Steinwand; West Richland; 67 lbs.
• West Virginia Queen:  Brenda Rider; Shady Spring; 66 lbs.
• West Virginia King:  Greg Ward; Kermit; 30 lbs.
• Wisconsin Queen:  Mary Linssen; Green Bay; 106.75 lbs.
• Wisconsin King:  Larry Orlando; Elkhorn; 100 lbs.
• Wyoming Queen:  Linda Kolar; Thermopolis; 67.25 lbs.

Provincial Royalty includes:
• Alberta Queen:  Darlene Crick; Bonnyville; 81.25 lbs.
• Alberta King:  Ken Ralstin; St. Vincent; 82.5 lbs.
• British Columbia Queen:  Barbara Balon; Comox; 127.75 lbs.
• British Columbia King:  Mark George; Port Moody; 86.5 lbs.
• Manitoba Queen:  Linda Reavely; Winnipeg; 111.5 lbs.
• New Brunswick Queen:  Lisa Will; Petitcodiac East; 115 lbs.
• New Brunswick King:  Gordon Piper; Minto; 36 lbs.
• Newfoundland Queen:  Mary Price; Grand Bank; 79.75 lbs.
• Nova Scotia Queen:  Laura McGrath; Truro; 91.25 lbs.
• Nova Scotia King:  Peter Thomson; New Minas; 48.5 lbs.
• Ontario Queen:  Sandra Burnison; Hamilton; 190 lbs.
• Ontario King:  Don Whiting; Kanata; 166 lbs.
• Prince Edward Island Queen:  Gloria Stewart; Charlottetown; 44.75 lbs.
• Prince Edward Island King:  Michael Weeks; Charlottetown; 65 lbs.
• Quebec Queen:  Gisele Villeneuve; Longueuil; 100 lbs.
• Saskatchewan Queen:  Melody Mills; Yorkton; 139.5 lbs.
• Saskatchewan King:  Paul Morin; Edam; 37.5 lbs.

TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the original, nonprofit weight-loss support and wellness education organization, was established more than 63 years ago to champion weight-loss support and success.  Founded and headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, TOPS promotes successful, affordable weight management with a philosophy that combines healthy eating, regular exercise, wellness information, and support from others at weekly chapter meetings. TOPS has about 170,000 members in nearly 10,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. To find a local chapter, view or call (800) 932-8677.


Governor Quinn Signs Legislation Strengthening Access to Healthcare for Cancer Patients PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laurel White   
Monday, 11 July 2011 13:42

New Laws Ensure Coverage for Trial-Related Medical Expenses, Extends ‘Ticket for the Cure’  


CHICAGO – July 11, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed two pieces of legislation strengthening access to healthcare for cancer patients in Illinois. House Bill 1191 prohibits insurance companies from excluding coverage for related medical costs for patients participating in clinical cancer trials, and Senate Bill 1279, extends the “Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure” scratch-off lottery game until 2016.  


“Access to quality healthcare is a basic right, and Illinoisans – particularly those who are fighting cancer – should not be denied coverage for participating in trials that might save their lives,” said Governor Quinn. “It is important that Illinois takes the lead in increasing women’s access to new science that can save lives.”  


Many patients who qualify for clinical trials – and the potential benefits of these innovative therapies – cannot access them because their insurance plans do not cover the routine care they need while participating in the trial. These uncovered expenses include the costs of medical visits, hospitals stays, clinical lab tests, scans and x-rays. The new law amends the Illinois Insurance Code so that a group insurance policy cannot deny routine patient care to an insured patient participating in a qualified clinical cancer trial.  


The lack of coverage for routine care has created a barrier to patient participation in clinical trials and limited access to additional treatment options for cancer. The cost barrier has led to lower participation rates for low-income and minority women in clinical trials.  


House Bill 1191 was an initiative of Susan G. Komen Foundation. Sponsored by Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) and Sen. Heather A. Steans (D-Chicago), the bill passed both houses unanimously. The new law takes effect Jan. 1, 2012.  


Senate Bill 1279, sponsored by Sens. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) and Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago) and Reps. Constance A. Howard (D-Chicago) and Mary E. Flowers (D-Chicago), extends the “Ticket for the Cure” lottery scratch-off game an additional five years, until Dec. 31, 2016. The ticket was the first nationwide lottery scratch-off game to provide grants to non-profit organizations supporting breast cancer research and education. The ticket originally was scheduled to be discontinued at the end of 2011.  


Launched in 2006, the ticket was renamed in honor of former Illinois Lottery Superintendent Carolyn Adams, who died of breast cancer in 2007 at age 44. More than 8,700 Illinois women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, and more than 1,700 died as a result.  



American Red Cross National Blood Supply Drops to Critically Low Levels PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Theresa Kuhlmann   
Monday, 11 July 2011 13:38

All eligible blood donors asked to make and keep appointments

PEORIA, Ill. (July 11, 2011) Due to a critical shortage of donated blood across the nation, the American Red Cross – the single largest supplier of blood products in the United States – is asking eligible donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give blood as soon as possible.

With many donors busy or traveling, and with school out of session where up to 20 percent of donations are made during the academic year, donations have dropped dramatically. In fact, during May and June 2011, while the need for blood products remained steady, donations were at the lowest level the Red Cross has experienced in more than 12 years.

The Red Cross needs blood donors – now more than ever – to roll up a sleeve and give as soon as possible. All blood types are needed, but especially O negative, B negative and A negative. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information.

The American Red Cross has responded to more than 40 major disasters in over 30 states during the past three months – delivering help and hope to people affected by floods, tornadoes and wildfires. But there’s another, more personal, kind of disaster which can happen to any of us at any time if we need blood and it’s not available.

“As a physician, I have seen firsthand how blood transfusions can truly help save lives,” said David C. Mair, M.D., chief medical officer of the Mid-America Blood Services Division of the American Red Cross which provides blood products and specialized laboratory services to more than 326 hospitals in the Midwest and central U.S. “However, a critical blood shortage like the one we’re experiencing right now could have a devastating effect on patients whose survival may depend on blood being there when and where needed. Blood donors can help ensure a readily available blood supply locally as well as throughout the country.”

A year and a half ago, 15 year old Cora Peters of Princeton, Illinois was diagnosed with stage 4 synovial sarcoma. Since her diagnosis, Cora has gone through three surgeries and countless lifesaving blood product transfusions to replace the blood cells that her body was no longer able to make.

Cora’s story highlights the importance of each and every blood donation. Because of that, the Red Cross is reaching out to eligible blood donors, sponsors and community leaders to ask them to recruit blood donors to help meet the needs of patients in communities across the United States.

A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities


7/11/2011, 11:00 am- 4:00 pm, DHL Global Forwarding, 3100 69th Ave #2, Moline


7/12/2011, 1:00 pm- 5:15 pm, Old Fulton Fire Station, 912 4th Street, Fulton, IL, Whiteside

7/13/2011, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls, , IL, Whiteside

7/14/2011, 3:00 pm- 8:00 pm, Fairfield Amish Mennonite School, 29467 425 E. Street, Tampico, , IL, Whiteside

7/15/2011, 11:30 am- 6:00 pm, Sterling National Manufacturing Education Center, 1 First Avenue, Sterling, , IL, Whiteside

7/16/2011, 9:00 am- 1:00 pm, Culver's, 1901 Harley Davidson Drive, Rock Falls, IL, Whiteside

7/16/2011, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Army National Guard, 716 Sixth Ave, Rock Falls, IL, Whiteside

$175,000 to the Iowa Department of Public Health PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Monday, 11 July 2011 13:33
WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley today said that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded a $175,000 grant to the Iowa Department of Public Health.  


Distribution of the federal funds is determined by the Department of Health and Human Services.  The award is not an earmark determined by Congress.  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Iowa will use the funds to conduct an early hearing detection and intervention project.    


Each year, local Iowa organizations, colleges and universities, individuals and state agencies apply for competitive grants from the federal government.  The funding is then awarded based on each local organization or individual’s ability to meet criteria set by the federal entity administering the funds.  



Governor Quinn Signs Legislation Requiring Child Care Workers SUID, SIDS Prevention Training PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laurel White   
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 23:33

Reforms Will Improve Infant and Newborn Safety Throughout Illinois

NAPERVILLE – July 6, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to increase the safety of infant and newborn children throughout Illinois. Under House Bill 2099, child care workers who care for newborns and infants will be required to complete regular training on how to prevent sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

“It is important that those who work with our children possess the most up-to-date health and safety information,” said Governor Quinn. “This legislation ensures that child care workers in Illinois will continue to provide the highest standard of care.”

House Bill 2099 requires all licensed child care facility employees who care for newborns and infants to complete training at least every three years on sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and the safe sleep recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The bill was an initiative of SIDS of Illinois, an organization of parents who have lost children due to SIDS or SUID and are committed to educating others about preventable infant death. SUID and SIDS are leading causes of death in infants under two years of age, and approximately 20 percent of SIDS deaths occur while the infant is in the care of a non-parental caregiver.

House Bill 2099 was sponsored by Representative Emily McAsey (D-Lockport) and Senator A.J. Wilhelmi (D-Joliet) and takes effect on Jan. 1, 2012.

In July 2010, Governor Quinn signed House Bill 5930, which requires birth hospitals to provide safe sleep information to parents as they leave the hospital. This legislation took effect at the beginning of 2011.


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