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Alabama scales back

Published 2:57pm Friday, January 18, 2013

Alabama currently is the fourth most obese state in the country – and Scale Back Alabama, now in its seventh year, is hoping to change that.

“Scale Back Alabama is a 10-week weight-loss program that is a way of trying to get Alabamians healthier,” said Matt Parker, fitness specialist at Total Fitness at RMC.

The concept is simple – citizens form teams of four and then weigh-in at a designated location. At the end of the 10-week period, there is a weigh out – and the biggest losers might just win a prize.

“We need to cultivate some champions for healthy lifestyles,” said Donald Jones, North Alabama hospital CEO and chairman of Scale Back Alabama, a 10-week, statewide weight-loss contest. “With more than 30 percent of our population considered to be obese, we’ve got some crucial workouts ahead of us, and we can’t wait until the fourth quarter to get started.”

“In order to be eligible for the grand prizes, you have to have a team of four and each person has to lose at least 10 pounds,” Parker said. “There are three different prizes:  $1,000 each, $500 each and $250 each.”

All teams that meet the 10-pound weight loss requirement will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of the three grand prizes.

If all the team members don’t lose 10 pounds, however, some participants may still win a prize. All individuals who lose 10 pounds will be entered into a separate drawing for a chance to win one of 50 $100 prizes.

This year, Parker said there are also prizes for smaller weight-loss amounts.

“They are doing something a little different – they are offering achievement prizes for losing at least one pound,” Parker said. “The hope is that will encourage those who don’t lose 10 pounds to weigh-out.”

Five individuals who lose at least one pound will receive $50.

There is no cost to participate.

There are two nearby weigh-in locations. Total Fitness at RMC will be weighing in Jan. 21, 23 from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.; noon to 1 p.m.; and 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Weigh-ins will be held at the same times on Jan. 25 as well, except the time of the final weigh-in will be cut one hour and held from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The Wellness Center in Dadeville will also be holding weigh-ins next week every day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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