Scale Back nutrition classes offered

Published 1:57 am Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Those thinking about joining the Scale Back Alabama weight loss program will get a little extra local help with free nutrition classes.

Beginning Jan. 23, local residents in teams of four are invited to sign up for the 10-week weight loss contest, which is an attempt to encourage Alabamians to lose weight, to exercise and to have fun while participating in the program.

Andalusia Regional Hospital and Mizell Memorial Hospital will serve as weigh-in sites.

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 Mark Dooley, ARH CEO. “All you have to do to participate in Scale Back Alabama is find three individuals to be on your team and come to Andalusia Regional Hospital’s first floor classroom on Mon., Jan. 23, or Tues., Jan. 24, between 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to weigh in and register. The contest is free, and there are state-wide cash prize drawings at the end.”

According to Dooley, the goal is to lose a pound a week during the 10-week period. “We’re really encouraging healthy weight loss, not crash dieting,” added Dooley. “Throughout the contest, participants will be provided with tips via email, 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.”

Dooley said to help achieve one’s ultimate weight loss goal, John Newsom, ARH’s registered dietician, will conduct nutrition classes for 10 consecutive Wednesdays beginning Feb. 1.

through Wed., April 4 at 3 p.m. in the hospital dining room.

Scale Back Alabama is a public awareness campaign hosted by Alabama‘s hospitals and the state Department of Public Health, with generous support from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.

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