Scaleback Alabama starts next week

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 11, 2014

If scaling back was one of your New Year’s resolutions, then look to the statewide weight-loss initiative, Scale Back Alabama, for support – and possibly a chance at some cash.

And that’s exactly the focus of 10-week weight loss competition designed to capitalize on those resolutions and create a fun atmosphere for weight loss and physical activity, said officials at Andalusia Regional and Mizell Memorial hospitals.

“As the New Year approaches, many of us set a resolution of weight loss,” said Valarie McCalman at ARH. “In an effort to address Alabama’s challenges regarding obesity and encourage our citizens to lose weight and be healthier, the free, state-wide program Scale Back Alabama has been implemented.”

The contest will kickoff on Thu., Jan. 16. In the program, participants form teams of four people and compete for 10 weeks in losing a minimum of 10 pounds each. For those who that achieve the 10-pound goal, names will be drawn state wide for monetary prizes.

Both ARH and MMH are official weigh-in sites, and dates include:

• At ARH: Tue., Jan. 21, and Wed., Jan. 22, from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., in the human resources lobby; and,

• At MMH: Sat., Jan. 18, from 9 a.m.-11 a.m.; Jan 20-23 from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m., and on Fri., Jan 24, from 6 a.m. until noon, at the Opp Wellness Center at 501 Brantley St.

“We wanted to make sure that every one had an opportunity to participate,” said Joni Russ, Wellness Center director.

This is the eighth year for Scale Back.

For more information, visit the website at or call ARH at 334.428.7010 or the Opp Wellness Center at 334.493.1730.

Additionally, in conjunction with Scale Back Alabama, ARH’s registered dietician, John Newsom, will teach a free 10-week session of nutrition classes. These classes will be held on Mondays at 4 p.m. in the hospital dining room beginning Jan. 27 and ending March 31.

“Please note that you do not have to be a Scale Back Alabama participant to attend the nutrition class,” McCalman said.