Sagamore Hills resident Laurene Neval has been appointed area captain for Summit and Portage Counties of TOPS Club Inc.

"Change can be scary-or exhilarating ... the difference lies in your attitude whether you succeed or not. I have personally made a major change for 2017 by accepting this new journey" Neval said.

TOPS Club Inc is a nonprofit, noncommercial support and accountability group for individuals interested in losing weight and maintaining their weight loss for a lifetime.

There are TOPS chapters in and around Summit County including Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, Macedonia, Green, Norton, Sagamore Hills and Twinsburg. There is an annual fee of $32 with nominal weekly dues of about $1.

For more information, call Neval at 216-832-1106 or email huey15@roadrunner.com.

TOPS Club Inc. is a nonprofit, noncommercial support and accountability group for individuals interested in losing weight and maintaining their weight loss for a lifetime. In addition to various locations around Akron, area meetings are at the following locations and times:

Elmcroft of Sagamore Hills, 997 W Aurora Road, each Wednesday at 6 p.m. for weigh in, 6:30 p.m. for the program.

St. Andrew the Apostle, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton, each Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. for weigh in, 9:30 a.m. for the program.

Twinsburg Public Library, 10050 Ravenna Road, each Thursday at 5:45 p.m. for weigh in, 6:15 p.m. for the program.

Green United Methodist Church, 2161 Greensburg Road, each Thursday at 5:45 p.m. for weigh in, 6:30 p.m. for the program

Macedonia City Hall, 9691 Valley View Road, each Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for weigh in, 6 p.m. for the program.

Or Cuyahoga Falls at United Presbyterian Church, 2819 Hudson in Cuyahoga Falls each Thursday at 8:15 a.m. for weigh, 9:30 a.m. for the program or Northminister Presbyterian Church, 104 Portage Trail Ext W, each Monday at 6:30 p.m. for weigh in, 7:05 p.m. for the program.