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Annual Scale Back Alabama campaign starting soon

By J.R. TIDWELL / Editor

The Alabama Department of Public Health and other organizations partner each year to put on the Scale Back Alabama campaign.

According to the campaign website, “Scale Back Alabama (SBA) is a free statewide weight-loss campaign designed to encourage Alabamians to get healthy and to have fun while doing it. Since the first challenge in 2007, Alabamians have lost more than one million pounds. Scale Back Alabama is designed to address the state’s challenge with obesity; however, we caution individuals to check with their health care provider before beginning a new exercise or diet regimen.”

The YMCA of Chilton County has been a weigh-in site the past few years, and Senior Connection in Clanton will be taking part in the campaign as well again in 2020.

Members will partner up and work to lose weight.

Some prizes are handed out for those who participate and lose the most weight statewide.

Scale Back Alabama kicks off statewide with weigh-in week Jan. 20-26 and runs through April 6-12.

The final event of the campaign, which is when winners of the prizes are announced, will be April 21.

Those participating in the event weigh-in once each week.

According to the Scale Back Alabama website, there were 483 local coordinators, and 8,841 teams and 17,682 people total that participated in the 2019 campaign.

The main goal is to lose at least 10 pounds, which 843 teams did. A total of 3,252 people lost at least 10 pounds, and 51,195 pounds were shed statewide.

For more information, to register for the event or to find some helpful weight-loss tips, visit scalebackalabama.com.