FAQs

What is TOWN?

T.O.W.N. stands for Take Off Weight Naturally, and that's exactly what we do.


Why TOWN?

TOWN Clubs encourage weight loss by promotion of a nutritionally balanced lifestyle, giving support, encouragement and practical advice on how to lose weight and how to keep it off, by following our philosophy to "take off weight naturally". TOWN Clubs are not-for-profit and can provide low-cost support for those people aiming to lose weight.


Who can join?

All men, women and young people over the age of 14 years.


How can I find my nearest club?

Please check the club locator, telephone the TOWN Office on 03 9761 1875, or email the TOWN Office at so that we can give you contact details for clubs, with some preference for day or evening clubs available.


Is that the only club which meets in my area?

We provide details of other clubs if possible as some areas have more than one club.


What are the requirements to join TOWN?

To be eligible to become a TOWN Club member, you need a letter from your doctor advising your ideal Goal Weight. Minimum joining age is 14 years.


Will I need a referral from my doctor?

Yes. Every member must provide a doctor's letter stating a healthy ideal Goal Weight. This letter must be provided within 14 days of joining.


How much will it cost me?

Approximately $48.00 per year, and approximately $7.00 per week.


How often do clubs meet?

TOWN Clubs meet weekly, during the day or at night depending on the club. Clubs encourage weight loss via a weigh-in and group therapy session.


What happens at meetings?

Members are weighed, and then they pay their weekly fees, have a cuppa and a chat until it is time to attend group therapy which is our support section of the meeting. After group therapy, we move to the meeting where awards are given to encourage our members, minutes of the previous meeting are read, and a weekly financial report is given.


How long does the meeting last?

Approximately one and a half to two hours.


Will I have to weigh in each week?

Yes. All members must weigh in every week.


Will I have to stay for meetings?

Yes. All members are expected to attend the entire meeting including group therapy.


What happens if I am unable to attend a meeting?

You must submit an apology when unable to attend. The weekly fee still applies and must be paid when next attending.


Can I remain as a member after I have reached my Doctor's (Goal) Weight?

Yes. On reaching their Goal Weight, our members become Graduates and can stay members forever. In fact we encourage all our Graduates to remain members.


Does TOWN give out set diets?

No. We encourage our members to follow a healthy lifestyle and eating plan.


Does TOWN have recipe books?

No. However, many clubs and members exchange their own recipes.


Does TOWN supply food?

No. However, we do support our members to follow a healthy lifestyle.


Does TOWN have any books to help me?

Yes. All new members are given a Member Handbook which contains a lot of information on healthy living, and a TOWN Diary where you can record your daily food intake.


I have children. May I bring them with me?

Yes. Your children are welcome to come with you, but you must be responsible for them at all times.


Can I start a new TOWN Club?

We are always happy to discuss the prospect of starting new clubs, in order to find out more information please contact the TOWN office on 03 9761 1875 or email