Scale Back Alabama to begin eighth year
by Special to the Eagle
Jan 17, 2014 | 1259 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walker Baptist Medical Center invites local residents to sign up in teams of four for the statewide weight loss campaign, Scale Back Alabama that kicks off Sunday.

Now in its eighth year, the purpose of Scale Back Alabama’s 10-week contest is to help Alabama citizens fight the battle with unhealthy weight gain and obesity by encouraging weight loss, exercise and to having fun while doing it.

Last year’s campaign drew more than 27,000 people in almost every county in Alabama with a cumulative reported weight loss of more than 1 million pounds. In Walker County, over 540 pounds were lost.

“Everyone sees the new year as the perfect time to begin good habits for better health,” said Renae McKinney, marketing director at Walker Baptist.

To participate in Scale Back Alabama, just find three other people to join your team, register and weigh-in at Walker Baptist on any of the following dates:

Sunday, Jan. 19 from noon to 3 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 20 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

There is no charge to participate in the program, and there are cash prize drawings at the end, McKinney said.

According to McKinney, the goal is to lose a pound a week during the 10-week period.

“We want everyone to have a healthy weight loss, not go on a crash diet,” she adds.

Throughout the contest, the statewide organization will provide participants with helpful tips such as how to eat healthier, portion control and how to make exercise a part of their normal routine.

The contest is geared toward adults ages 18 and older. Additional information about Scale Back Alabama can be found on the website at

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