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Scale Back Alabama Begins Next Week

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 | 5:50 PM

Beginning next Monday, residents are invited to sign up for a statewide weight-loss contest called "Scale Back Alabama." Now in its fourth year, the 10-week contest encourages Alabamians to lose weight, to exercise, and to have fun while doing it. 

Last year’s campaign drew more than 40,000 people in almost every county with a cumulative reported weight loss of almost 200,000 pounds. Close to 100 people in Winston County participated last year, with a total weight loss of more than 600 pounds.

“The new year is a perfect time to think about establishing good habits that will make you healthier,” said Brandi Barnett, Marketing Coordinator at Lakeland Community Hospital.“ To participate, find three individuals to form a team and go to the Senior Friends Building at Lakeland Community Hospital to weigh in and register. The contest is free, and there are cash prize drawings at the end.

According to Barnett, 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 Barnett. “Throughout the contest, participants will be provided with tips such as how to eat healthier portions and how to make exercise a part of their normal routine. The contest is geared toward adults age 18 and older, and we are particularly encouraging businesses and other organizations to participate."

Weigh in times are Monday, January 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, January 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, January 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thursday, January 28, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. More information is available at www.LakelandCommunityHospital.com and on the Scale Back Alabama web site, or by calling Barnett at 485-7229. Posted in Life & Times