‘Losers’ drop 365 pounds

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 21, 2011

Covington County residents participating in this year’s Scale Back Alabama initiative lost more than 300 pounds during the 10-week statewide weight-loss contest.

Andalusia Regional Hospital served as the weigh-in sight for local residents. ARH’s Valarie McCalman said Tuesday that 100 people participated this year.

“We started out at in January with 20 teams, but ended with 25 teams total,” McCalman said.

Weigh-outs were held April 11 and 12, she said.

“When it was all said and done, our contestants lost a total of 365 pounds,” she said. “We are so proud of everyone who participated.”

This is the fifth year for the statewide competition.

Those who complete the contest and are on a team in which every member loses at least 10 pounds, are placed in a drawing for one of three grand prizes, the top prize being $1,000 per team member. There are also other prize drawings for individuals who lose at least 10 pounds, regardless of their team’s success, and still other prize drawings for people who have lost any weight and show up to weigh out.

The statewide announcement of the winners and prizes will be April 28, McCalman said.