Foley, AL (January 17, 2012) – Beginning Jan. 21, local residents are invited to sign up in teams of four for a statewide weight-loss contest called Scale Back Alabama. Now in its sixth year, the 10-week contest is an attempt to encourage Alabamians to lose weight, to exercise and to have fun while doing it. Last year’s campaign drew more than 33,000 people in almost every county with a cumulative reported weight loss of 143,309 pounds.
“The new year is a perfect time to think about establishing good habits that will make you healthier,” said Steve Wright, Cardiac Rehab Manager for South Baldwin Regional Medical Center. “All you have to do to participate in Scale Back Alabama is find three individuals to be on your team and come to The South Baldwin Regional Medical Center Rehab Center on Tuesday, January 24th from 9am to 4pm and Friday, January 27th from 8am to 4pm to weigh and register. The contest is free, and there are cash prize drawings at the end.”
According to Wright, the goal is to lose a pound a week during the 10-week period. “We’re really encouraging healthy weight loss, not crash dieting. Throughout the contest participants will be provided with tips such as how to eat healthier portions and how to make exercise a part of their normal routine. We’ve even got the two sisters who were winners in the 11th season of the Biggest Loser providing their thoughts on ways you can get healthier.”
The contest is geared toward adults age 18 and older, and additional information on the times and locations for all public weigh-in sites is listed on the Scale Back Alabama website, www.scalebackalabama.com.
Scale Back Alabama is a public awareness campaign hosted by Alabama‘s hospitals and the Alabama Department of Public Health, with generous support from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. For more information, go to www.scalebackalabama.com.